Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tofukuji (東福寺): notes and impressions (II)

The tree in the temple garden: simultaneously birth, life and death.  Cool and warm, green and red.  Setting sun warming my head and hands and the wood under my stockinged feet.  A cool breeze protests.  Shadows stretch.  Maple leaves float without branches or stems, delicate lacework.  Filtered light, random spotlights touching the shadows.  The Insai Tokuda painting - black ink across four fusumawhite tinged with age.  Perfect gesture, abstract expressionism slashing into/against pure representation.  Masterly use of negative space.

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