Sunday, February 10, 2008

Kokufu Ten notes

At IBC Bill Valavanis writes about this year's show:
he notes:

"I have been attending this exhibition since 1971 and each year it is different. Last year I noted that there were many more medium size bonsai and tropical species. This year another change. A great number of the evergreen species were NOT wired, indicating a trend towards displaying bonsai in a more "natural" style."

Very interesting! How about this piece of news.


Joseph Rauscher said...

I also have read Mr. Valavanis's comments on IBC and was not sure what to make of them. Is he calling less wiring naturalistic in the same sense that you consider naturalistic? You have said yourself many times, and your blog confirms, that your trees are not at all natural because of lack of fine wiring but rather because they have been worked extensively to reflect natural forms. Certainly having read your arguments online and having published your definitions of modern styling in his magazine Mr. Valavanis is aware of what is and what is not to be considered naturalistic bonsai art. I suppose the only way to know if his reference to naturalistic bonsai simply means less perfectly layered helmet trees, or indeed trees that have been worked to reflect truly natural forms.

Walter Pall said...


indeed Bill's statement could mean anything. The images he shows certainly don't reflect that. the trees look very much wired and a bit as of plastic. This is the essence of naturalistic styling (mind you NOT natural staling) that the tree looks like nature did it and not like done by humans. This has NOTHING to do whether there is a lot of wire on the tree or tons of wire have been used to get there. One can well create a very good naturalistic tree with tons of wire. I do this all the time. Look at the larches in my blog. They all have seen wiring of EVERY SINGLE LITTLE BRANCHLET, several times. Now they look like very 'natural'.
Probably we will have to ask Bill hat exactly he meant.