Artist Shoetree Opens Sneaker Planter Pop-Up in Harajuku's Ciaopanic Boutique

Nikes and Jordans get a botanical makeover.

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Japanese artist Kosuke Sugimoto, known by his moniker Shoetree, has opened his latest “Justification of Deterioration” pop-up at Harajuku’s Ciaopanic boutique. Known for using popular sneakers as pots for plants, the creator is showcasing a number of prominent Nikes and Jordans that have been repurposed for botanical uses.

Sugimoto was inspired by the moss and vines that tend to overtake old and ruined buildings, leading him to try and mimic a similar appearance through shoes like the Air Max 95, Air Jordan 5 Retro and the Air More Uptempo. Through a three-year “deterioration” process called Hydrolysis, the plants fuse together with the sneakers as a result of what is described as “bad storage conditions” — a process that would typically take five years under more normal conditions.

“I aim to create mystery, and a harmony as though everything were one, while also maintaining the realism in my works,” explained Shoetree.

The “Justification of Deterioration” pop-up is running from now until Monday, July 22 at Ciaopanic Harajuku.

For more art news, read about Yayoi Kusama’s upcoming installation in the New York Botanical Garden.

SHOETREE for CIAOPANIC Pop-Up
CIAOPANIC baseyard
Shibuya Ward, Tokyo 6-12-22
Akita Building 1F

 

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ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ 本日7/13より @shoetree_2016 のPOPUPを開催しております。 ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ 【SHOETREE for CIAOPANIC POP UP STORE】 Justification of deterioration 『 劣化の正当化 』 スニーカーに焦点を当て、劣化したスニーカーを鉢代わりに植物を飾る、『SHOETREE』のPOP UP STORE を、7月13日 (土) − 7月22日 (月) の期間CIAOANIC baseyard tokyo 原宿店で開催致します。 劣化したスニーカーを鉢代わりに植物を飾ることは、特に珍しい表現や手段ではありません。その表現を丁寧に辻褄が合うように、そしてよりスニーカーに焦点を当て、命を吹き込むクリエイター。 Kosuke Sugimoto氏の作品「SHOETREE」。 見た目の着想は崩壊し、苔むし、建造物のいたるところに植物の根が伸張した遺跡などから得られています。 神秘的で全てが一つであるかのような調和と、作品の現実的な状態の維持を目的とされています。 バランスの両立、最適な誇張であり過度の装飾にならぬよう『劣化の正当化』というコンセプトの基、制作されています。劣化の主である加水分解は保存状態が悪ければ3年、通常で5年程で進行していきます。改善を願う一方で、それをも良しと捉え楽しみたいと考えられた作品集です。 ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ 【SHOETREE for CIAOPANIC POP UP STORE】 ▪会期: 7月13日 (土) − 7月22日 (月) ▪場所:CIAOPANIC baseyard tokyo 原宿店 東京都渋谷区神宮前6-12-22 秋田ビル1F ▪問い合わせ先:03-3486-5118(CIAOPANIC baseyard tokyo 原宿店) #劣化の正当化 #CIAOPANIC #SHOETREE #nike #sneaker #green #plants #ciaopanic_harajuku #harajuku#tokyo

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