The forms and images are abstract, yet evoke the living form, reminiscent of plants and the human body. This is the basic definition of biomorphic. Biomorphism is “an art movement that began in the 20th century. Isamu Noguchi was a Japanese American artist, landscape architect, sculptor, and set designer. “In 1947, Noguchi…joined with George Nelson, Paul László, and Charles Eames to produce a catalog containing what is often considered to be the most influential body of modern furniture ever produced, including the iconic Noguchi table which remains in production today” (Leslie Pina, Classic Herman Miller, 1998).
The Norton Simon Museum houses Noguchi’s sculpture The White Gunas, which “illustrates the Indian Samkhya philosophical view that all creation is comprised of the three gunas (qualities): balance, movement, and inertia.”
According to the Noguchi Museum in New York City, Noguchi would make small paper models “as an aid in creating his larger biomorphic sculptures.”
On June 21st, the Norton Simon invites parents with children ages 4-10 years old to come and examine The White Gunas, “consider the artist’s process,” and then create their own interlocking sculpture.
Saturday, June 21, 1-3 p.m.
Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 91105
Free with admission; no rsvp needed; meet in entrance gallery
Admission: $10, adults; $7, seniors; free, children age 18 and under
For more details, visit NortonSimon.org
Or call 626.449.6840
C.B. Liddell at brushpusher.blogspot in 2005, quoted Chika Mori, a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, speaking in regard to Isamu Noguchi: “He’s not Japanese and he’s not American,” she says expansively. “He’s a man of the Earth.”