'Izumi Kato: Soft Vinyl Sculptures'

May 21, 2014

'Izumi Kato: Soft Vinyl Sculptures'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

As someone who liked to play with plastic Ultraman superhero and Kaiju monster toys as a child, Izumi Kato has been long familiar with soft vinyl, and since 2010, the artist has been using it to create sculptures. Unlike wood, which is often limited ...

Can nature solve humankind's errors?

Feb 5, 2014

Can nature solve humankind's errors?

by Matthew Larking

Masato Kodama's sculptures are concerned with light, gravity and air. For him, light is a symbol of tomorrow and potential futures, gravity represents the present and the past, and air is associated with memory.

Rabbit in ear of Mandela statue must be removed in South Africa

Jan 23, 2014

Rabbit in ear of Mandela statue must be removed in South Africa

The South African government has ordered the removal of a rabbit that was secretly sculpted into a recently unveiled statue of Nelson Mandela, an official said Wednesday. The artists who built the 9-meter-tall bronze colossus in Pretoria added a rabbit into the ear of ...

Somewhere between art and craft lies the beauty of Satoshi Someya

Dec 11, 2013

Somewhere between art and craft lies the beauty of Satoshi Someya

by Matthew Larking

Satoshi Someya has produced a cerebrally engaging and visually alluring exhibition. His “Digesting Decoration” positions him among the most significant contemporary lacquer artists working today. The primary concern is with “use,” as in the particularly utilitarian function of craft, as opposed to the ostensible ...

Complex issues knitted into the fabric of art

Oct 9, 2013

Complex issues knitted into the fabric of art

by David Labi

It’s difficult to say something new about the Holocaust in face of an immense body of work produced over seven decades. Consequently more outlandish forms of expression are often required to inspire a fresh reaction. Israeli artist Gil Yefman works with text, textures and ...

Buddha sculpted out of kids' snacks

Sep 19, 2013

Buddha sculpted out of kids' snacks

by Kanami Otomitsu

For several years artist Koshi Kawachi has been putting a favorite children’s snack called “umaibo” to an unusual use — sculpting the puffed corn sticks into little statues of the Buddha. At his home in Tokyo he has 107 of these “Umaibutsu” (“Tasty Buddha”) ...

'Hung Yi: Happy Animal Party'

Jul 24, 2013

'Hung Yi: Happy Animal Party'

by Alisa Yamasaki

This is the first solo exhibition in Japan of Taiwanese artist Hung Yi, who is known for his colorful sculptures of people and animals. Hung’s work fills three gallery spaces with some of the pieces also on display outdoors. His animated and personified interpretations ...

'Ujino Pop/Life'

Mar 28, 2013

'Ujino Pop/Life'

by Tomohiro Osaki

Muneteru Ujino is renowned for his “sound sculptures” — art objects for which sound is integral. He often experiments with home appliances such as lamps and electric drills, and his combination of art and music has led to comparisons with Luigi Russollo, the Italian ...

Put pants on 'David' replica, locals urge

Feb 7, 2013

Put pants on 'David' replica, locals urge

A replica of Michelangelo's Renaissance sculpture "David" that was erected suddenly last summer in a town in Shimane is unnerving residents, with some calling for the naked masterpiece to be given underpants.