ETERNAL BEAUTY OF STONE
STONE SCULPTURE BY HIROYUKI ASANO
DROPS OF TIME / EGYPTO 2019 GREY GRANITE HEIGHT 20 IN SHOWN AT A MEIJI SHRINE TOKYO SPECIAL EXHIBITION 2020
HOLE IN SPACE AND TIME, PINK GRANITE, 51 INCHES HIGH, 2010, ONE CIRCULAR VOID AND STIPPLED SURFACE.
Asano’s native artistic sensibilities and wanderlust culminated in the fine stone sculptures presented in his first one-person show in America, held at The Nippon Club on 57th Street, New York City. His initial encounter with the medium occurred in high school, and the attraction was immediate and lifelong. In the back of his mind, he thought, stone, hundreds of millions of years old with an eternal lifespan.
After graduation from the Osaka University of Fine Arts, he headed to Carrera, Italy, and enrolled at the Academy in addition to apprenticing at a local stone factory. His skills were honed, and his exposure to western art heightened and transformed his artistic mindset. Sculpture Symposiums became his route of expression, creating site-specific sculptures in Italy, his native Japan, and elsewhere. The route has taken him around the globe and changed his creations from female forms in marble to abstract, rational, geometric sculptures in granite. Marble was not plentiful and expensive in Japan, while granite was more easily accessible. That led to the choice of material and change of style.
His use of circular voids was a happenchance event that garnered him the prize at the Ninth Annual Sculpture contest in Mie, Japan, in 1994. Awards followed at other Symposiums, Beijing and Wuhu in China, Hyogo in Japan, Qingdao in China, and Teruta in Italy, to name a few. Private commissions followed, his most extensive being installed during the 2020 Pandemic year, seven outdoor works at the ANA resort in Ishigaki, Okinawa. There have been variations from the initial design of single voids to two, three, to combinations of full voids and half voids. Generally, the circles are polished, while the surrounding areas can be smooth, textured, scored, or retain the stone’s skin as on Door To Dreams in St. John, Canada. His white marble La Donna is a semi-abstract female carved in 2018 to homage to his early works from Italy. Hole In Space and Time is a large pink granite with a stippled surface from 2010. More recent works exhibit his broken style, which involves breaking the sculpture after it is carved and partially putting it together again. Wolf Moon in red granite from 2019 is a prime example. Many voids have holes, passageways of time and light, entry points to the universe, and space travel without a ship. Asano’s sculptures exude order, rationality, and Zen-like calm. Their precision and finish are a wonder to behold. One can stop, take a deep breath, and admire them forever.
Asano hopes to pass on his legacy to the younger generations as a Professor of Art at Tokyo Gakugei University in Koganei City, Tokyo, Japan.
Hiroyuki Asano Headshot Ishigaki, Okinawa 2020
Sculptures by Asano can be found at
Hualien Sculpture Museum in Taiwan
Wuhu Sculpture Park in China
Nam-Hae Sculpture Park in Korea
Morikami Museum and Gardens in Florida, USA,
Cities in Germany, Netherlands, France, Canada,
Italy, Turkey, China, Korea, Japan, USA,
Private collections throughout the world.
Hosted by The Nippon Club
Curated by CAROLE DAVENPORT JAPANESE ARTS OF NEW YORK
|Period||May 6 – 18, 2022|
|Hours||10:00 am – 6:00 pm (M - F) 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Sat) （Closed on Sun）|
|Location||The Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club
145 West 57th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10019