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On the Sumida Embankment in the Eastern Capital, two bijin walking under Cherry blossoms. 1858

Two friends are talking.  Friend G. asks Friend K., what do you want to be?  This is a question asked of children regularly, but the two friends are adults. Friend K. pauses for a moment, then answers, “a living natural treasure.”  Friend G. still tells this story today, some twenty years after it took place over dinner at a restaurant in Los Angeles.  The idea of wanting to be “a living natural treasure”, is not an America idea, nor a possible U.S. job title.  Friend K. was born in Seoul, Korea.  After immigrating to the U.S. at age 12, the traditions of  Korea were not forgotten.  The following formal definition will aid in understanding Friend K.’s type of reasoning and wishing.  The phrase “a living natural treasure” is used all the time in America, just as it was referenced / suggested for Wayne Thiebaud in yesterday’s post.  In America cultural significance comes with a price tag.  The price tag always has a name attached.

Lesson / Koan : To remain anonymous, is a life’s work of the highest standard.

Living National Treasure or Living Human Treasure is a title awarded in several countries, and denotes a person or a group which is regarded as a national treasure while still alive.

In 1950, the Government of Japan began to designate certain individuals or groups who embodied intangible national cultural values as living human treasures, just as places or things of great cultural value are designated as national treasures, thus becoming eligible for special protection and support. Some of the ancient protected crafts are pottery, music, handmade paper, dolls, and sword making. Several countries have followed suit with their own official programmes of recognition for intangible cultural values and the people who embody them, including South Korea,France, Thailand, Philippines and Romania.

In Korea, the term Intangible National Treasure is used.

BTW,

Collar #6, 2003

The 2010 MacArthur fellows have been announced.  In a single phone call from the MacArthur Foundation recipients learn they will receive $500,000 with “no strings attached” over the next five years.  Two of the twenty-three recipients have a craft in common in relation to the idea of being “a living natural treasure” by eastern standards.  Elizabeth Turk is a sculptor and Nicholas Benson is a third-generation stone carver.  A natural, global material is their common pallet for making.  Ms. Turk’s work is highlighted here for its transforming of both stone and language.

Collar #8, 2004

After spending more than three years painstakingly molding heavy pieces of Sivec and Carrara marble into intricate and delicate “Collars,” sculptor Elizabeth Turk does the unthinkable. She sets them in the ocean knowing full-well they may crumble to pieces before her very eyes.  “Once you’re finished, it kind of starts the next decay process,” Turk said of placing her pieces in the ocean. “Rather than just placing it on a pedestal, this places the art in a larger context.  But for Turk, the piece won’t be finished until she places it in the ocean. “It’s very humbling,” Turk says about seeing the pieces beneath the water. “It also puts (them) back into their own pattern.”

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Untitled #7, 2007 Graphite on vellum 38 x 53 inches.

Almost every culture has some monument or ideals that have been encased in stone. It’s a direct notation of human history, not interpretative at all,” she said.”

Ms. Turk may be best known for her ” We offer the most affordable prices for Benzac on today’s market. Make sure to check our offers and buy Benzac for 16.48 USD today at our online pharmacy! The Collars” series of which she has completed more than forty.  Drawing upon all the history of “collars” is at least a three step process.  One part additive, one part subtractive, one part intangible.  Drawing, carving and breaking.  Breaking pre-conceived notices of what a collar was, should be & could be.  At the sametime, never assuming stone hasn’t always been “a living natural treasure.”

The legend has it, that Friend K. once cut a one inch thick piece of acrylic in half with a X-Acto knife.  Intangible is in Friend K.’s DNA, and will continue being anonymous.

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