Edited by Kerry Thomas and Janet Chan
Chapter 27: Dochaku: artistic evolution at the confluence of cultures
Originally an agricultural principle, the Japanese term dochaku, meaning ‘of the land,’ signifies a fresh idea from outside being adopted and adapted to suit the local environment, often to the point where it is eventually considered ‘indigenous’ to the locality. Employing this concept of dochaku as a perspective, this chapter explores how Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959) and Pierre Alechinsky (b. 1927) developed their internationally recognized art practices by, among other means, internalizing and individualizing elements of traditional Japanese aesthetics found in its architecture and calligraphy, respectively. The individual negotiations in cultural interaction revealed in these cases illustrate a model of artistic evolution by dochaku-ka–the process of dochaku.
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