Tajiri working in his studio, Baarlo

RED BRICK SERIES

 

"Here in my foundry I feel like the old Alchemist, pouring white hot liquid metal into molds; changing matter.”  - Shinkichi Tajiri

 

 

In 1956, Tajiri found a soft red firebrick used in constructing ovens. He carved and engraved the bricks - sometimes up to 100 pieces - and assembled them into one large mold. The mold was then filled with molten bronze and later broken open to reveal the sculpture. The Red Brick series dated until 1965.

 

 

 

 

 

 

text: S. Tajiri, Autobiographical notations, Kempen Publishers, 1993

photo above: © Erhard Wehrmann, Baarlo 1964

Sept Plane, 1965
Sept Plane, 1965

Bronze, 61 x 95 x 94 cm Private collection

Obiit, 1963
Obiit, 1963

Bronze, 130 x 23 x 25 cm Collection: Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, on long-term loan at the Cobra Museum for Modern Art, Amstelveen.

Head, 1964
Head, 1964

Bronze, 45 cm Private collection

Warrior, 1964
Warrior, 1964

Bronze, 67 cm Private collection

Poster Tajiri, 1965
Poster Tajiri, 1965
Adam no.4, 1964
Adam no.4, 1964

Bronze, 86.5 x 26 x 54 cm Private collection

Végétation aggressive, 1956
Végétation aggressive, 1956

Bronze, 55,5 x 34 x 22,5 cm Collection: Kröller-Müller Museum, gift from Ida and Piet Sanders, Schiedam.

Tower of Babel, 1972
Tower of Babel, 1972

Bronze, 65 cm Private collection

Made in USA, 1965
Made in USA, 1965

Bronze, 106 cm Collection: Niedersachsen, Germany

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