The traditional Japanese tea house is a humble structure, often set in a garden, that balances concepts of Wabi-Sabi — the Japanese aesthetic centered on impermanence and imperfection. Hiroshi Sugimoto, the photographer, upturns the idea of this humble structure for the Venice Biennale, creating a glass box set in a pool of Bizazza Tile. Yet this Tea House captures the modern spirit with a mix of materials which are highly reflective and dull, rustic and modern, unexpected and common, durable and fragile, humble and refined. I am a huge fan of Sugimoto, Wabi-Sabi and Venice…to me this is the perfect storm. Maybe you will agree.
David Bjørngaard, May 2106