features circus sideshow gaffs/super-realism sculptures created
by Takeshi Yamada on display at a fine art sculpture exhibition
at the St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, New York. This is one
of the ongoing community outreach programs of Takeshi Yamada’s
Museum of World Wonders to introduce the art of the 16th century
Cabinet of Curiosities and the art of the modern American circus
sideshows to the wider audience at academic communities. This
manuscript was produced by Dr. Eriko N. Bond, noted art critic
and book author in New York City, as told by Yamada.
St. Joseph’s College
“Brooklynature, in the Garden: Nature’s Lasting Impression, Our
A Juried Fine Art Exhibition of
St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn, NY
May 6 – June 15, 2007
Yamada with Sea Rabbit by his “Scholar’s Stones: Kuro Gohon”.
(Photograph by Dr. Eriko N. Bond)
Since 1916, St. Joseph’s College has been serving academic
educational curricula and cultural programs on two campuses in
two communities - Clinton Hill, Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long
Island. In 1975, St. Joseph's established the School of
Professional and Graduate Studies to meet the needs of adults
with highly diversified professional and personal backgrounds.
Offering day, evening and weekend classes at locations
throughout the five boroughs and Long Island, this school is
designed for individuals who have been working in specific
fields and now wish to further their education. There are
currently 5,000 students and over 400 faculty members.
(left) event brochure (right) event banner
This first annual outdoor sculpture art exhibition held at the
Bloodgood Garden of the St, Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, New
York was curated by Stacey Temple, the college community
outreach program supervisor. The award judge was Kate Chura.
This art exhibition’s opening reception was one of the major
community events, entitled “The Society for Clinton Hill: 30th
Anniversary House Tour”.
Show Announcement Card
May 6, 2007:
Music Reception, 2 pm
Live and elegant classical music pieces were played by the
Brooklyn Philharmonic Woodwind Trio.
May 6, 2007:
Art Reception, 3 - 5pm
Over 600 people
attended the opening reception of this unique outdoor art
exhibition at Bloodgood Garden of the St. Joseph’s College.
colorful large show banner welcomed people at the show entrance.
Entrance views of the Bloodgood Garden of the college for the
sculpture art exhibition
“The Tangible Effects of High Design Upon the Lives We All Live”
and “Puddle” by David Melrose.
“Sol Space II/ Reflections” by Robin Glassman
Yamada exhibited two artworks. One is entitled Scholar’s Stones:
Kuro Gohon”. This artwork of “objective art” (a term used by
Leonardo da Vinci) by Yamada simulates the solar energy
converter commonly used in the North American Union in the 22nd
century. This is one of the series of artworks simulating our
future life based on Yamada’s remote viewings. In reality,
Yamada has used these ecologically safe, environmentally
friendly and economical non-electric hot water makers at his
home for many years.
“Scholar’s Stones” by Takeshi Yamada on display with its
and instructions for its audience (front)
The audience is encouraged to touch this artwork to fully
experience the artistic expression of the artist. (Needless to
say, artworks are not usually allowed to be touched at any art
exhibitions.) This is another uniqueness of Yamada’s artwork
Here is the
description of Yamada’s “Scholar’s Stones”.
The scholar’s stone/rock (Gongshi
or "rare stone" in China; Suikeki or "water-stone" in Japan)
is a nature-made silicon-based “artwork” commonly displayed
on a stand called dai/daiza (custom-made wooden pedestal) or
"suiban" (shallow trays filled with sand, fine gravel or
water). The appreciation and ritual of stone art (with
little or no intervention by humans) began in China over
1,000 years ago. In this art form, a stone becomes an
artwork when it has been found and perceived with the
artistic inspiration of an individual. This ancient China’s
art concept was simply “expanded” by Marcel Duchamp
(1887-1968, French) and introduced to Western art history,
and was named “ready-made art”. In America, art movements
called "neo-dada" and "pop art" further expanded the idea
and applications into the consumer culture and commodities.
The conceptual art and simulationism art ("neo geo art")
refined its presentations in recent decades.
With my investigation
into the rising temperature of the planet Mars and other
planets in our solar system (including the planet Earth)
which became an issue in the early 21st century (not the one
called “Global Ice Age Crises” being trumpeted by fanatics
in the United States in the 1970s), my recent series of
artworks was born. Specifically speaking, my objet d'art
(art object) simulates the non-electric life-enhancing
devices widely used in the North American Union in the early
22nd century. I have been using my home-made “Objective Art”
(term used by Leonardo da Vinci) such as non-electric air
conditioner, non-electric refrigerator, and non-electric hot
water maker, etc. for decades. These are ecologically sound,
environmentally safe and nature-friendly “functional”
artworks. I consider the human environment built around them
as “Monuments” (a term used by General Motors) to be more
energy-efficient and bio-organic to follow the laws of
nature to live more harmoniously with nature and its
environment. My site-specific, interactive bio-organic
ecological and environmental artwork entitled “Suiseki: Kuro
Gohon” (scholar’s stone: black five units) is the embodiment
of my life style and things to come to our world and people.
It is my hope that my
artworks are the vehicles to please the eyes, uplift the
spirit, stir the imagination and express conviction. I want
to lead my audience to enjoy this world more with me and my
artworks. It is my desire to promote a greater understanding
and appreciation of the importance of the global nature of
the world, its people and the bonds that mutually bind them.
It is my sincere wish that my creativity and its products
contribute to the advancement of the glorious culture based
on the sanctity of life and true humanism.
Another artwork of
Yamada was entitled “Vampire Monkey”. This artwork simulates the
hard-edge conceptual art of 1980’s and simulationism (neo-geo)
art of 1990’s in the style of circus sideshow.
Yamada with Sea Rabbit pose by his “Vampire Monkey”. (photograph
by Eriko N. Bond)
Vampire Monkey featured in the data sheet on display
Here is the
description of Yamada’s “Chinese Vampire Monkey.
Chinese Vampire Monkey
Other Common Name(s):
Latin Name: Demosndulus rotundidus
of the specimen:
Vampire Moneys are an extremely unique and rare species of
monkeys that feed on blood. There are only three known
vampire monkey species in the world that feed on blood: The
Common Vampire Monkey (Demosndulus rotundidus), the
Hairy-tailed Vampire Monkey (Dilphyllas equicaudata), and
the Long-tailed Vampire Monkey (Demoniaemus youngidus). All
three species are native to China. Although their natural
habitats are quite far away from humans, contrary to popular
belief, these bats bite people quite often because they
apparently favor human blood. They are highly intelligent,
use simple tools and vocal communications, and have complex
social structures like other monkeys. They are also
carnivores. In their natural habitat they are at the top of
the food chain. The fact that the three known species of
vampire monkeys all seem more similar to one another than to
any other species suggests that sanguivory (feeding on
blood) only evolved once, and that all three species share a
vampire monkeys produce hard nests hanging from trees made
of sands, twigs and their saliva unlike any other known
monkey species. The vampire monkeys are also known for their
building nests in large and complex colonies on trees.
unique fact is that the faces of these vampire monkeys
somewhat resemble to that of the vampire bat. The vampire
monkey has a short, conical muzzle without a nose leaf;
instead they have naked pads with U-shaped grooves at the
tip. The common vampire monkey also has specialized infrared
sensors on its nose. A nucleus has been found in the brain
of vampire monkeys that has a similar position and has
similar histology to the infrared nucleus of infrared
sensitive snakes. They have small ears and a medium to long
tail. The vampire monkey feeds mostly on the blood of
mammals and birds. Their front teeth are razor sharp and
specialized for cutting like a piranha in the Amazon. Their
digestive systems are also specialized for their mainly
liquid diet. The saliva of vampire monkeys contains a
substance, draculin, which prevents the victim's blood from
clotting. When it acts alone, this creature tends to lap
blood rather than suck it as most people imagine.
Nevertheless, as a group, they coordinate hunting efforts
vocally and attack the prey systematically. The Wildlife
Fact Files also tell of an account of a group of vampire
monkeys attacking the largest rodent in the world, a Chinese
capybara which weighed more than 160 pounds. They need blood
at least once a week to survive. If they can't get blood,
they'll approach another vampire monkey whilst roosting,
asking for a blood 'transfusion'. The blood is exchanged
mouth-to-mouth in a motion that looks very much like
kissing. Vampire monkeys can live up to 22 years in the wild
and up to 38 in captivity.
Yamada’s artwork was physically attached to the tree on the
display site to produce the most effective visual presentation
for unsuspecting viewers. In addition, its detailed description
with photographs was displayed strategically by the artwork to
produce specific physical responses of the unsuspected audience.
With the believable superrealism “nest” and “description” on
display created by the artist, audiences are compelled to look
for the “missing” Vampire Monkeys around the sculpture. The
description displayed by the sculpture features the common name,
Latin name, color photographs, and detailed descriptions of the
biology of this fictional animal by the artist.
June 13, 2007:
Closing Reception & Award Ceremony
On June 13, 2003, closing reception and award ceremony was held
during 5:30 – 8pm. It was an unusually chilly dark day (69-57F
in zip code area 11205) and even a light short rain fell during
the reception. After the official commemorative photograph
session, award ceremony was held. Takeshi Yamada won second
place for his artwork.
Yamada’s “Scolar’s Stones, Kuro Gohon” won the second place
Sea Rabbit quietly sits on one of the reception tables.
(photograph by Dr. Eriko N. Bond)
For more information
about the Brooklynature art exhibition, see following website.
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by Takeshi Yamada, June 2007.
Museum of World
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Special thanks to
Dr. Eriko N. Bond, Lauren D. Travis, Maremi Kakushina, Abraham
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