Makoto Azuma, Shunsuke Shiinoki (Authors)
Pushing deeper into the unknown microcosm of botanical life, volume 3 in the Encyclopedia of Flowers series exposes more of the unparalleled beauty and overwhelming presence of blooming Flowers from around the world.
Based on their fixed-point observations of the rapidly changing flower market, Makoto
Azuma and Shunsuke Shiinoki have been scanning, visualizing and compiling expressions of the fleeting moment between the life and death of flowers – the ephemeral beauty that continues to fuel human desires.
This latest volume of the encyclopedia is divided into seven chapters, more than any of the previous ones. With increased narrativity, it captures the reader as an overwhelmingly graphic embodiment of the “cycle of life and death.” Having stepped out of the atelier to use the entire globe as its stage, the Encyclopedia of Flowers project has taken on dimensions that make it impossible to ignore.
Makoto Azuma and Shunsuke Shiinoki were born in Japan. Together they opened the on-demand “haute couture” flower shop JARDINS des FLEURS in the Ginza district in 2002. The shop is currently located in Minami-Aoyama.
Around 2005 they launched a second line of operations when Azuma invented the genre “botanical sculpture” and Shiinoki captured those creations in his photographs. Following a solo exhibition in New York, his audacious works have been repeatedly shown in Europe. He set up the experimental botanical lab Azuma Makoto Kaju Kenkyujo (AMKK) in 2009, and went on to exhibit his works at art museums, galleries and public spaces in all over the world.
In recent years, Azuma has been focusing on projects that explore the connections between human beings and flowers.
Paperback, 544 pages
Published by Seigensha Art Publishing (1 Nov. 2016)
24.9 x 16.6 x 3.3 cm