The Japanese art of bontei, or tray gardens, is a micro-cosmos of the natural world made from the simplest of objects. Designed as the barest reflection of the natural landscape, stones and plants are presented on trays in ways that give particular attention to time and space. Whether it be stillness or motion, something old or something new, or even something timeless, bontei is constantly redefining its space in traditional and nontraditional forms.
Landscape architecture Marc Peter Keane's artworks are all, in one way or another, intersections with the garden. They incorporate materials from the garden, such as the leaves and fine granite gravel that he uses in making ceramics, and they also incorporate ideas from the garden, such as the interplay between control and wildness (shinsō) that is used as a theme in his tray gardens.
Keane’s artwork draws from the traditional culture of Japan, such as the way his ceramics are fired unglazed in a wood-fired kiln (anagama), and yet they are also unlike any traditional Japanese forms. Come connect with nature in a new way through these unique and captivating reflections of the natural world!
The exhibition is free and open to the public. The exhibition will run from November 15 through December 27 and will be open to the public during regular JICC hours, 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday. The JICC will be closed on November 23 & 24, and December 25 in observance of holidays.