The Future Perfect debuted a collection of one-of-a-kind bonsai pieces, a collaboration between ceramicist Jonathan Cross, and bonsai visual artist, Ryan Neil of Bonsai Mirai. This is the artists first time collaborating and The Future Perfect’s first exhibition in it’s latest residential space, Casa Perfect.
Jonathan Cross is a ceramicist who utilizes an ancient wood-firing technique to create objects and abstract vessels that suggest ancient geological forms reinterpreted for a modern world. Cross divides his time between his studio in Pasadena and his wood kiln located in the desert community of Twentynine Palms, California.
Ryan Neil is a bonsai professional, visual artist and entrepreneur who is reshaping the world’s understanding of bonsai from a technical hobby to a fine art medium. In 2010, after an apprenticeship in Japan, Ryan founded Bonsai Mirai in Portland, Oregon.
In this groundbreaking collection, the two artists explore living sculpture coexisting with physical ceramic sculpture. The pieces evoke feelings of delicate ancient artifacts and result in a range of scale and complexity. Ryan explains that each tree was modified to accommodate the rustic and geometric aesthetic of Jonathan’s vessels.
“You truly are meshing living sculpture with physical ceramic sculpture and really touching on aspects of compatibility in the aesthetic of the two mediums and how they correlate or interact or relate. Not only in form, not only in mass, not only in dimensionality but in color, texture and also in context.” Says Neil.