Tajiri creating One-day sculpture

JUNK SCULPTURES

 

"In 1950 I started my Junk series. Discarded scraps from metal and machine industries were welded and recycled into a new entity.” - Shinkichi Tajiri

 

In 1948 Tajiri went to Paris to study with sculptor Ossip Zadkine. Here he also took painting classes from Fernand Léger and studied at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière.

His work centered on abstract forms constructed of iron and plaster. He soon undertook what he called his Junk series, sculptures of recycled split bronze from rubble heaps around abandoned factories that he welded together with wire or brass.

 

text: G. Robinson, The Great Unknown: Japanese American Sketches, University Press of Colorado, 2016

photo above:  Tajiri creating his One-day sculptures amongst the heaps of discarded metal along the river Seine, Paris 1949 © Sabine Weiss

Lament for Lady, 1953
Lament for Lady, 1953

Copper, bronze,photo, found objects, 63 x 83 x 34,9 cm Private collection

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Sentinel/Warrior, 1955
Sentinel/Warrior, 1955

Iron, 65 cm Private collection

Bird, 1962
Bird, 1962

Copper, bronze, 90 cm Private collection

Lock, 1955
Lock, 1955

Iron, 61 x 45 x 31 cm Private collection

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Figure, 1961
Figure, 1961

Iron, 137 cm Private collection

Samurai, 1954
Samurai, 1954

Iron, 88 cm Private collection

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