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This catalog was published to accompany an exhibition of Blunk's work at Blum & Poe, Tokyo, (November 18, 2016–January 21, 2017). The newsprint publication features rare archival photos of Blunk in Japan from the 1950s, images of the work from the show, and a short essay by Mariah Nielson about Blunk’s time living and working in Bizen, Japan.
Designed and published by Åbäke and printed by Newspaper Club in London, UK
Cover – Paperback Pages – 64Dimensions – 18 x 26cm (LXW)Language – English
Wood. Clay. Stone. Spirit. These are the elements from which JB Blunk created his work, and a more elemental artist of the postwar era would be hard to find. Blunk proceeded through sheer instinct and in deep conversation with nature; his art was the ultimate expression of a Life Lived off the grid.
James Blain Blunk was born in Kansas in 1926, and he remained a quintessential. Midwesterner – plainspoken and hard-working. Yet he was also a sculptor of tremendous creative power. His masterwork The Planet (1969), a feat of environmental reclamation on permanent view at the Oakland Museum of California, is carved from a single redwood root structure, all that was left of a majestic tree felled long ago. Like his other large-scale seating forms, it is endlessly inviting, a vast compendium of textured marks or sculpted incident.
- Glenn Adamson
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