Selections from the Photographic Archive of Kosen Ohtsubo, Presented by Christian Kōun Alborz Oldham, and in cooperation with Kosen Ohtsubo, Ryusei-ha, and Empty Gallery

Kosen Ohtsubo is considered to be one of the most significant living practitioners of the art form of ikebana. While formally trained in electrical engineering from Tokyo Denki University, Ohtsubo rose to prominence in the world of ikebana due to his use of readily available materials such as vegetables and refuse. For decades, he served as the Headmaster’s Advisory Instructor of the Ryusei Ikebana School, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and has presented his work and demonstrations of ikebana technique in such countries as India, Hong Kong, Spain, The Netherlands, England, Korea, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and the United States. Ohtsubo has had two major publications printed in 1981 and 1995.

Device is pleased to produce and offer distribution of an open edition of prints following the ongoing exhibition series showcasing the work of Kosen Ohtsubo presented by Christian Kōun Alborz Oldham. These prints offered by Device are distinct editions separate from those featured in the exhibitions, with pricing meant to make these works more accessible to a wider audience. Customers are invited to navigate to each series' exhibition website documentation for more information concerning this project.

Shipping Information

Posters are produced in and shipped from Seattle, Washington. Shipping within the United States is available at a flate rate of $12. This rate is meant to cover postage, handling, and costs related to packaging materials. Prints are carefully rolled between layers of acid-free tissue into shipping tubes while wearing cotton gloves. Shipping rates for international orders are calculated automatically at checkout.

Please allow a week for processing and handling once your order is placed. Printing is done on demand and orders are shipped in batches once a week.

Pricing Information

Net profits for the sale of each print are split with a dominant share going directly to Kosen Ohtsubo and, in some circumstances, the Ryusei-ha, for their hands in the making of the works and photographed documentation. The remaining percentage is split between Christian Kōun Alborz Oldham and Device for their shared labor in scanning, printing, and shipping the prints.

Print Specifications

- Printed on Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper (252 gsm)
- Dimensions are 17" x 22" except where otherwise noted

Series 1

List of Titles

1. SAME?「青桐に何が起ったか?」 - SAME? “What Happened to the Chinese Parasol Tree?”

2. こんなふうにお風呂に入ってます - I am Taking a Bath like this / Feeling High

3. Untitled (Bamboo Brooms)

4. ケロイド人間 - Keloid Man

5. リンガ正月 - Linga New Year

6. One Day

7. Untitled

8. ロックンロール大根タワーI - Rock’n’roll Radish Tower I

9. 蓮一色立華 - Rikka of Lotus

10. Untitled (Steering Wheel Cover)

11. O氏の朝食 - Mr. O’s Breakfast

12. ぼたんまぼろし - Peony Illusion

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Associated Exhibition

Paid - Seattle, WA USA - July 23 - August 6, 2022


1. SAME?「青桐に何が起ったか?」 - SAME? “What Happened to the Chinese Parasol Tree?” is available exclusively as a pair of two posters

12. ぼたんまぼろし - Peony Illusion's dimensions are 17" x 18.3"

Series 2

List of Titles

13. ジョニーは戦場にいった” を思い出しながら - While Remembering “Johnny Went to the Battlefield"

14. 神供華 - Flowers Offered to the Gods

15. おつまみキウリ1本100円 ひねくれバーにて - ¥100 per Cucumber Snack at a Twisted Bar

16. Lovely Leaves II

17. 植物人間 - Botanical Man

18. Untitled (Wardrobe)

19. Untitled (Willow)

20. 化粧する大根 - Radishes Wearing Makeup

21. Untitled (Rikka of Cherry Blossom)

22. N先生へお中元 / ジュワッと押し出すすいかジュース - Midsummer Gift to Dr. N / Oozing Out

23. 黝めく幹 - A Bruised Trunk

24. Untitled (Bell Pepper Linga)

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Associated Exhibition

Ulrik - New York, NY USA - November 3 - November 19, 2022


20. 化粧する大根 - Radishes Wearing Makeup's dimensions are 16.25” x 16.14”

24. Unitled (Bell Pepper Linga)'s dimensions are 22” x 16.06”