From Scroll to Skateboard
April 30 – October 2, 2016
The traditional environment for displaying a bonsai in Japan is a small interior alcove called a tokonoma. Much like the mantel above a fireplace, the tokonoma is a room’s focal point where cherished art and objects are displayed. A tokonoma display consists of three elements: a bonsai, a hanging scroll, and a small accent plant or art object. The role of the scroll is to anchor the display both visually and thematically. Decked-Out aspires to reinterpret the traditional hanging scroll used in bonsai displays with modern skate deck art.
Decked-Out: From Scroll to Skateboard features 16 tokonoma style displays, each with a custom skate deck painted by the Pacific Northwest’s most talented urban muralists. Artists are paired with a bonsai to create a work that combines traditional motifs and modern graffiti styles, as a new interpretation of bonsai display is established. Don’t miss this groundbreaking exhibit as the ancient beauty of bonsai collides with the emerging street art movement for the very first time.
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