Haroshi – ‘Virtual Reality’ Exhibition at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Haroshi – ‘Virtual Reality’ Exhibition at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Haroshi ha aperto questo week-end la sua ultima fatica, ‘Virtual Reality’ all’interno degli spazi della Jonathan LeVine Gallery di New York.
Dopo il piccolo teaser di qualche giorno fa diamo così un’occhiata da vicino a quanto di buono proposto dall’artista giapponese, un corpo della mostra immenso che proietta Haroshi in una nuova dimensione.
Il giapponese per lo show si è divertito a creare una serie di rappresentazioni pazzesche, troviamo demoni, teschi, una riproduzione di una gamba con ai piedi le Air Walk, due gigantesche statue a grandezza naturale, il tutto rigorosamente creato e riprodotto con l’ausilio di tavole da skateboard riciclate.
Se siete in zona lo show rimarrà aperto fino al 9 di Febbraio, per tutti gli altri ampissima gallery.

Haroshi creates three-dimensional wooden sculptures with used skateboard decks as his primary medium. He often uses the wheels and other hardware parts as accents, even the grip tape for a sanding tool. He achieves a vibrant striped pattern by stacking the boards with keen attention to the exposed rails (outer edges). After a careful selection process, he stacks decks into layers, cutting them into cubes to form mosaics patterns, assembles them into a desired shape and meticulously carves each form by hand with an uncanny level of skill and precision. Themes in this exhibition include concepts familiar to any skater or artist such as: injury, recovery, obsession, perseverance, healing and growth.

Haroshi does not apply any paint or pigment to his materials, allowing the bright colors of the decks to serve as his palette, since skateboards are made of processed plywood—pressed into molded shapes and printed with graphics. He occasionally incorporates the splintered edges of broken boards into his otherwise extremely polished work, creating textural contrast between the smooth silhouettes and sharp raw edges. The artist has also been known to hide small objects inside of his works, following the traditional practice of ancient Japanese Buddha sculptors, documenting the effect using X-ray technology.

Jonathan LeVine Gallery
529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY

Photo by AM