Monty Adkins: new book publication ‘Shibusa – Extracting Beauty’

Prof. Monty Adkins has recently published Shibusa – Extracting Beauty, a book co-edited with Pip Dickens. The book is published by Huddersfield University Press and is also available through Amazon and Jeremy Mills Publishing.

Shibusa – Extracting Beauty celebrates a number of artistic endeavours: music, painting and the skill of making in general with particular reflection upon Japanese aesthetics.

Composer, Monty Adkins and visual artist, Pip Dickens (through a Leverhulme Trust Award collaboration) investigate commonality and difference between the visual arts and music exploring aspects of rhythm, pattern, colour and vibration as well as outlining processes utilised to evolve new works within these practices. The hand-cut paper Katagami stencil: a beautiful utilitarian object once used to apply decoration onto Japanese kimonos,  is used as a poignant symbol – the ‘hand-made machine’ –  by Adkins and Dickens both within the production of paintings and sound compositions and as a thematic link throughout the book.’

The book accompanies a series of exhibitions by Pip Dickens including Patterns of Shadows at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and Monty Adkin’s CD fragile.flicker.fragment released on Audiobulb in 2011.

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