American Bonsai History – Keystone Arts
The story of Keystone Arts shows the power of collaboration between bonsai artists.
There is no bonsai exhibition judging system that will satisfy everyone. But can we do better?
art, bonsai, Climate, Nature, Philosophy
Bonsai practice represents an active and intense human-plant interaction that could, if it were to become more widespread, help to prevent climate change.
Does the Biophilia Hypothesis explain why bonsai are so awesome?
Bonsai artists collaborate with nature and natural processes but they harness time.
How Old is Bonsai Anyway?
Recent articles suggest that Japanese bonsai originated around 200 years ago, and that Western ideas influenced its development.
Is there a Tao of Bonsai? The recent article in the New Yorker about Ryan Neil prompted a closer look at the origins of bonsai, “practical magic” and the current relationship of Taoism to both art and bonsai.
The Bonsai Vision of Aarin Packard “A thousand years from now, what will Bonsai be? I guess I would say if it looked the same as it does today, I’ll be very disappointed.”- Aarin Packard I spoke with Aarin Packard at the inaugural Pacific Bonsai Exhibition held at the Bridgeyard in Oakland, California October 2022.…
Review of the 2022 Pacific Bonsai Expo The inaugural Pacific Bonsai Expo was held at the Bridgeyard, an industrial site adjacent to the Port of Oakland, on a strip of land within view of the ships, giant cranes, containers stacked five levels high, and other machinery of the global economy. Billed as a regional bonsai…
How Big Was Naka’s Bird?
Pacific Bonsai Expo 2022 Special exhibit There were two special exhibits included in this show that underscore the exchange of ideas and perhaps the creative tensions regarding the future of bonsai between East and West. The central area of the exhibit space featured an original art installation by Eric Shrader and Linda Mahara, an origami…