Free stone art has been a hot topic these days, not only in Japan but also abroad. One of the famous artists is the mason artist, Hiroshi Itoh. Starting with a solo exhibit in Boston, United States in 2006, you can say that there were not a lot of fans despite of being famous in Japan and overseas. We were lucky enough to catch up with Itoh asked about his artworks.
How did the Stone Making Art Started
Born to Ishiya of the Meiji establishment where stone was always imminent. One summer vacation, I went to help with the house hold work and it was there that I was able to meet stone art for the first time. It first started when I sent a garden lantern for a school festival. Since then I have been doing other materials like metal. I went back to stone mason and since then I have stuck to the material ever since. I went in and get a degree in Forging and Industrial arts.
The Story Behind the Stone
My art is like a “paradox”. It is like working with stone but it doesn’t look like and feels like stone. The thought of it amuses me so I decided to name my art “Enjoy the Paradox”. I want to transform a simple stone into something more beautiful, charming and unique. My works hold the story of my life. I always like humour and I always enjoy a laugh.
The Charm of Stone Art
Working with sculpture like granite and marble are aesthetically beautiful but it does not capture the feelings of the subject. Working with stones is different. It already has a shape. The exciting part is, you have to use your imagination to make something out of it.
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