In his first U.S. solo exhibition at Industry, architect and designer Philip Michael Wolfson exhibited a new series of Tsukumogamis, a type of Japanese "artifact spirit"--living inanimate objects. Tsukumogamis originate from discarded items that have reached their 100th birthday and thus become alive and aware. This experimental study uses Concrete Canvas, which has an innate organic quality and movement. By molding the Concrete Canvas into familiar typographies such as stools, chairs and benches, Wolfson transformed this “artifact spirit” into a series of thoroughly contemporary works of design—to be used as seating, sculpture, or both. Said Wolfson: "The intrinsic life of the material stimulates a conscious awareness of the senses for an immediate response -- modeling and molding the raw flesh-ness of the material from an idea, a thought or feeling, rather than developing the works thru sketch phases, analysis and then development stages."
Wolfson explained the history of Tsukumogami and his latest work in an interviewwith vice.com in the UK:
Stateside, MODERN magazine marveled at the “Tsukus” and their “mangled ice
cream scoop” form (http://www.modernmag.com/?p=170 ).
For his subsequent Tsuku series, Wolfson took his designs even further into the world of concrete poetry by creating a series of sheep out of the Concrete Canvas.http://the-art-blog.info/2094/philip-michael-wolfson-dynamic-motion-and-fluidforms/