Provoking Calm: The Artworks of Colin K. Okashimo
Publisher: Pesaro Publishing Author: Patrick Bingham-Hall ISBN: 9789814428019 Format: Hardcover, 288pp, 250x300mm
The artworks of Colin K. Okashimo—both landscape architect and sculptor—express his over-riding desire to provide opportunities for self-reflection and contemplation in a 21st century urban lifestyle. Okoshimo's art continually researches the potential for people to react to the juxtapositions of materials and context, and to interact with objects placed in a specifically choreographed location. In contrast to the benign and generic landscape design now seen throughout Asia, Okashimo's environmental art is slyly provocative, asking introspective and open ended questions that might encourage a meditative response: a moment of 'calm'.
This book explores the processes and the philosophy that determine Okashimo's art with a series of observations and project-by-project interpretations that reveal the highly personal nature of his 'calmly provocative' engagements with the contemporary world. All Okashimo's significant projects are comprehensively and colourfully illustrated with photographs by Patrick Bingham-Hall, as are the beautifully crafted maquettes for his sculptures.