- Tapa blanda: 192 páginas
- Editor: Stone Bridge Press (1 de enero de 1997)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1880656272
- ISBN-13: 978-1880656273
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Suiseki: The Japanese Art of Miniature Landscape Stones (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 ene 1997
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Suiseki are stones and minerals that have naturally weathered into forms suggestive of mountains, islands, waterfalls, people and animals. These highly decorated stones are also sophisticated tools for inner reflection. The Japanese have gathered suiseki for centuries, but the art has only recently become popular in the West in the last decade. This text provides both a general introduction to the art and a source of detailed information for enthusiasts. It emphasizes strategies for collecting quality specimens and includes information on geology, aesthetic appraisal, and lists of sites, organizations and resources around the world.
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That said, for a book that is essentially about aesthetics, the font and cover photo should have put up red flags. The photos in this book are poor, and few. On the rare occasion that a page has a picture, it's a low quality black and white shot. Their actually seems to be more charts and graphs than photos of stones. Had this book not been over $100 that would be fine. Also, having lived in Asia myself for over 5 years, I feel very let down by the stones that were chosen as examples, with a few exceptions.
Suiseki has a long, rich history and this book does a good job breaking it down into an intellectual analysis, but falls short of many lower quality Suiseki books when it comes to visual appeal. In short, it looks cheap, and is a tiny paper back. Had it been priced as the well written $25 field guide that it is, I may have rated it much higher. As it stands though, I'm offended that such a well respected author could have printed such an over priced visual turd.
Maybe its time to collect suiseki (soo-ee-sek-ee).
Felix G. Rivera, founder of the California Suiseki Society, explains how to collect and appreciate suiseki in his book, Suiseki: The Japanese Art of Miniature Landscape Stones.
Rivera began collecting more than twenty years ago. Since then he has written and lectured internationally about the centuries-old art of suiseki collecting.
New and experienced collectors alike will find his book interesting and helpful.
Although they may look like nothing more than plain rocks to the casual observer, suiseki are very special stones. The forces of nature have carved them into miniature mountains, islands, waterfalls, and other landscapes. Some suiseki resemble humans or animals. Suiseki collectors are simply people who search for intriguing stones, which they bring home, clean, and display.
Among the benefits of collecting suiseki is time spent enjoying the outdoors and a fascinating stone that reminds you of the good time you had finding it. Rivera says "the true spirit of suiseki is a shared experience," and for many,the search is as pleasurable as finding that one perfect stone.
Suiseki are never machine cleaned or polished; collectors spend many relaxing hours lovingly hand-rubbing their tiny landscapes. Other than perhaps grinding off the bottoms so that they may be displayed, suiseki are not altered in any way by humans.
Rivera writes that "a suiseki may be viewed quite simply--as a pretty stone with a nice shape--or it may be viewed at various levels of complexity that embrace art, philosophy, or mineralogy or that serve as a metaphor for the connections between one's private world and the universe." He says that the various levels at which one can enjoy and appreciate suiseki make them not only art, but also enable collectors to "achieve personal satisfaction and peace."
He has filled his book with tips on where to search, what to look for, and how to clean and display suiseki. Rivera provides general and introductory material for new collectors, and detailed references for the more experienced. He includes drawings and photographs, including 32 full-color plates with detailed captions. The appendices include a glossary, bibliography, and lists of where to obtain more information, such as maps and collectors clubs.
In his forward to Rivera's book, Arishige Matsuura, Chairperson of the Japan Suiseki Association, writes "all that is required to enter the world of suiseki is to find something intriguing about the stone." Rivera opens the doors to that enchanting world with his comprehensive, but easy-to-understand book.