dbrock wrote:Ron, have you ever considered making some stands. I think there could be some very elongant and interesting stands made for bonsai display. I can see a white stand with a crackle finish, giving the suggestion of age. What do you think? I realize tradition stand are mostly wood, but I an interested in pushing the limits.
I agree Dale there's a lot of room in bonsai for innovation, especially if it's to evolve and flourish in new cultures where it takes root. Not many of us would argue that understanding and appreciating the "Traditional" way of doing things is critical to helping us understand and appreciate the arts, crafts, literature, architecture, etc, etc of other cultures separate from us in distance and even time. Your idea of rethinking the stand as a presentation for bonsai is something I have thought about a lot. I have tried to see if the bonsai could effectively be presented in a way that the stand was the container and vice versa. The typical (traditional) proportions of tree and container might change. Maybe the "container" would take on a more important role in the compositional relationship. Tradition says that the container is always subordinate to the tree. Ok fine, no problem. But why not be a little non-traditional?
I made these three pieces for an exhibition I called "Bonsai inSites" Collaborations between Tree and Container. If you'd like to see and read more about the exhibit check on our site in the "Experimental Forms" link. LangBonsai.com