12 gen 2013

Haroshi: virtual reality

Today Haroshi will be presenting a series of new works at Jonathan Levinegallery in New York for his second solo show 'virtual reality'.

The Japanese wood artist makes his art pieces recycling old used skateboards and 2013 marks haroshi's 10th anniversary in using them as a medium for his full-scale, three-dimensional sculptures. His creations are born through styles such as wooden mosaic, dots, and pixels; where each element, either cut out in different shapes or kept in their original form, are connected in different styles, and shaven into the form of the final art piece.
Along with crafting these beautiful forms out of challenging materials, he hides a broken metal skateboard part inside each piece to give his art a “soul.” His technique echoes an ancient Japanese tradition of giving a wooden statue of Buddha a soul by placing a crystal inside where the Buddha’s heart would be.

As a passionate skater from his early teens to present, Haroshi possesses a thorough knowledge of the anatomy of a skateboard and all of its parts including the deck, trucks and wheels. He often feels attached to trucks with the shaft visible, goes around picking up and collecting broken skateboard parts, and feels reluctant to throw away crashed skateboards. It’s only natural that he began to make art pieces (i.e. recycling) by using skateboards. Haroshi’s relationship with his artwork is the same with his skateboards—they are his life, his tool for communication and expression.

Born in 1978, Haroshi is a self-taught Japanese artist, currently based in Tokyo.

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