Two stone sculptors united by Japan, Hiroyuki Asano, born, raised and schooled in his native country, the other, Yervand Zakian, who encountered Japan at the end of WWII. Asano travelled to Europe and spent six years studying in Italy before graduating from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrerra. His purely Japanese outlook was transformed by western art, resulting in the precise abstract forms which focus on the sun, moon and universe. Zakian studied at the Art Students’ League in New York and Columbia University where he encountered the Zen philosopher, Daisetz Suzuki, a mind altering event. He approached the creative process by focusing on the unfinished material before achieving inspiration and carving.
Asano took the route of Sculpture Symposiums around the world, garnering awards and public commissions. Zakian sculpted privately, never showing in a public gallery, but attracted clients to his studio on Broadway in lower Manhattan. Persons of note bought his works, even writing poems to him on the occasion of a purchase. A monograph on the architect, Paul Rudolph, illustrates a New York apartment with a Zakian sculpture.
Both artists stepped out of their respective spheres and became members of the world sphere of artists, drawing on what preceded them and adding their own distinctive creative elements. Time and space was bridged. They shared a common focus on form, precision, and attention to surface. Above all the pursuit of beauty held primacy.
Dates: October 30 at 5pm to 9pm (ArtWalk), October 31 to November 6 from 11am to 6pm daily
Exhibition held at: Tambaran Gallery 5 East 82 Street, Suite 2, New York, N.Y.
Contact: Carole Davenport
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