Ten years ago, Kibe Seiho had his first solo show in the United States at TAI Gallery in Santa Fe. Now, he is returning to show his new body of work at TAI Modern’s upcoming exhibition Kibe Seiho, in which the artist will showcase his sensitivity to balance and proportion, and his mastery of traditional bamboo basket-making techniques.
In many of his works, Kibe uses susutake, bamboo from the rafters of old farm houses in the area in which he grew up. The bamboo is naturally smoked by hearths built into the floors. Rich caramel tones are the cumulative effect of 100 years or more of human life. The variegation of these individual culms of susutake is prominently featured in 2017’s Blaze.
One of Kibe’s signatures is the use of the complex and challenging chidori plaiting technique, with its delicate x-pattern of hair-thin bamboo strips, as seen in Cloud Dragon. His baskets exude a warmth and quietness that reflect his personality, which is humble, open-hearted, and gentle. Perhaps most remarkable about Kibe’s new work is its incredible increase in both quality and scale, marking the impact that the past ten years has had on his talent as an artist.