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rivers, music, player pianos, scrolls (information artifacts), culture in art, music in art, scrolls, Japanese, Yodo-gawa, Kinki, Japan, artists' books


1 scroll. "Rivers are the source of all development, and civilizations are made up of individuals. The original of this scroll was a collage on a QRS player piano roll of Blue Danube Waltz (Strauss) which I happened to find at an antique shop. When I lived in Osaka, I took pictures of ordinary local people while walking along the city's iconic Yodo river all the way to the bay as a collection of slice-of-life scenes of people in the limited area and time that I could experience at first hand, and laid them on the stream of the elegant waltz. Even though Japanese society is highly homogeneous and (she) tends to avoid making outstanding individuals, Osakans steadily carry down its unique culture just as modern European culture had been passed down in the people around Danube river"--Artist's statement, 23 Sandy Gallery website. Issued in a box of ajio washi, persimmon dyed Kurotani washi, and Skivertex Nuba over boards. Scroll is wrapped in a silk cloth and laid into an inner drawer, which slides into the outer box

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[Kyoto, Japan] : Kyoko Matsunaga, 2015.


©Matsunaga, Kyoko, Kyoto, Japan: Kyoko Matsunaga, 2015.

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player pianos; collage (technique); collages (visual works); paper


In box 31 x 6 x 6 cm, out 30 x 610 cm

Blue Yodo Waltz



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