Artist Robert Kushner came to my attention whilst visiting Kyoto in 2017. I wanted to visit the Hakusasonso Hashimoto Kansetsu Garden not realising that there was also an excellent art museum on the grounds. Although the exhibition, Tenderness and Thorns was in 2015, I was able to purchase a catalogue of his works and have since then been researching his methodologies and resonating with his aesthetic.
Considered to be a decorative artist, his subject matter is a fine balance between geometrical shapes and the celebration of the botanical form. He has a love or ornamentation, textile and Japanese symbolism. He questions the concepts of pattern and decoration in contemporary fine arts as it is often seen by many critics as too much of a craft that is often made by women and not men. Photos are from my trip to the garden and from Robert Kushner’s website.
Title of works:
Top: MIDNIGHT IN THE HUNTINGTON LIBRARY CACTUS GARDEN, 2014.
Bottom: Huntington Library Cactus Garden II, 2014