For all things, there is a time and a place. This is especially true for fungus.
Scattered amongst the fallen leaves covering the floor of a dank forest. Protruding in shelves ascending the side of a silver birch. Shaking hands with algae in order to live in harmony on the shady side of a rock. These are lovely, appropriate homes for fungal life.
Clinging to the wall behind a sofa, burrowing into the thin wood in the dark recesses of a closet, and spreading in blotchy patterns across the surface of a creative endeavor are not. What these six situations have in common is, of course, that they are all places where I have discovered fungi (and its peacenik cousin, lichen).
Like all lifeforms, the much-maligned fungi also deserves a chance at happiness, a chance to find a home. A chance at paradise.
Arts Rush Gallery in Daikanyama, Tokyo, has gathered together seven enchanting artists to try their hand at creating this utopia for the mushrooms, yeasts, molds, and their eukaryotic friends. I'm contributing a number of paper and wood pieces that I'm quite proud of. I also can't wait to see what the other artists are bringing, especially since many of them are hanga woodcut artists. I's gonna be exciting!
*sadly, I'll need to see it on the 'net, as it doesn't look like I'll have the chance to zip up to Tokyo next month...
菌の楽園 • Fungal Paradise Exhibition
dates: Wed. October 4 - Mon. October 16, 2017
times: Wed・Thurs・Fri・Sat AM11:00～PM7:00
place: Arts Rush, 1F 2-14-10 Ebisu-Nishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 〒150-0021
日付: 2017年10月4日 (水) ～ 16日 (月)
時間: 水・木・金・土 AM11:00～PM7:00