August 16, 2008
Mas will be sowing his latest suiseki art sculpture and two paintings in the next show at Triangle Gallery, Old Friends, New Faces III.
Old Friends, New Faces III
August 26, 2008 – September 27, 2008
Reception September 6, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
47 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Painting: “Winter Blue”;2008;48″ x 24″;Oil paint on wood board
Sculpture: “Great Land” (大地 Daichi), 2008; W 45″ x D 16″ x H 9″; Stone and paint on wood board (deodar cedar)
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June 26, 2008
Found Object, June 2008; W 21″ x D 12″ x H 5″; Stone, Walnut with stain
This is a stone we found by searching through a big bin in the yard of a rock shop near Eureka. We found several tamari (water pool stones) with good color and shape. Mas originally planned to finish this stone in a very simple suiseki style with a wooden daiza. One side shows beautiful color, and he chose it as the front. About a year ago he made a rough model for the base, but had not completed the woodwork.
Then, a few weeks ago, a friend told us about a mill up in Santa Rosa that sells pieces of hardwood as scrap. When we went there we discovered a mountain of solid walnut slabs. Searching through the pile was like stone-collecting on the river – from among the thousands of pieces we selected a few.
After we got home Mas was looking at the smallest slab and thought it was so interesting. While he had it up on the table to study he remembered this stone, and thought that maybe they might fit together.
Mas tried different orientations and locations for the stone, looking for the best combination. He tried turning the stone around and using the less colorful back as the new front, and found that the rough, subdued, appearance of the stone harmonized with the wabi-sabi feeling of the wood. In this orientation, the movement and lines of the stone and slab echo each other, creating a unified composition. I find it quite remarkable – a rock found in a bin and a piece of wood found on a scrap heap seem to fit together as if intended.
Mas did very little work on the wood. He made a shallow seat for the stone, just deep enough to hold it upright, removed the bark at the front and slightly carved the edge of the slab. He finished the piece by applying a light stain and flat varnish to bring out and preserve the natural wood color. In this way, Mas tried to show the simplicity and purity of the wood and stone.
Stone is the beauty of the earth and wood represents life and death. Combined they create endless possibilities for art. – Mas Nakajima
Walnut Mountain, May 2008
Click on this photo for pictures of the development of this piece.
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