HIROKI FUKUSHIMA MAGATAMA PLATEHiroki Fukushima
Using traditional Japanese techniques of hammering, rusting, painting, and cutting, Hiroki Fukushima brings out unique textures, color, and shapes in freestanding sculpture as well as functional objects and jewelry.
Known in Japan for large-scale works such as wall reliefs mounted in the Capitol Hotel Tokyo and Shinjochi Temple Tokyo Betsuin and a set of doors installed at Saikai Pearl Sea Center in Nagasaki that were featured in Japan Architect Magazine, he moved to the Bay Area in 2012 to continue his artistic explorations in a new environment. As he told the Asian Art Museum Magazine in our Summer 2013 edition, “If I stayed in Japan, it would be easier for me to do this, but each artwork is a fresh start, an expression of a new idea. To keep my motivation high, it is better to introduce myself to different audiences.”
This textured aluminum plate is inspired by the comma- or kidney-shape of the magatama bead, a talisman found in Korean and Japanese burial sites dating back to the 10th century BCE usually carved from jadeite or other precious stones. In Japan, magatama are associated with Shinto practice.
- 10 x 6½ inches