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Hiromi Akiyama

Shadow Time No. 8
© Hiromi Akiyama / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Hiromi Akiyama

Shadow-Time No. 8 / Shadow Time No. 8, 1997

Granite
63 × 48 × 35 cm

(AKIYA/S 7)

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Literature: Hiromi Akiyama. Sculpture and Shadow. Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe 1999, p. 32

Akiyama achieves a maximum of elegance with his granite sculpture "Shadow-Time No. 8", which boldly pushes the boundaries that can just be crossed in sculpture. If it already means an adventurous negation of mass that he hollows out the block of stone - in strenuous manual labor - in order to obtain a housing with relatively thin, windowed side walls, then he lets a square, stamp-like beam, which seems to protrude through the top, first sink vertically downward in an expiring movement, only to let it swing out to the front in an absurd turn - absurd because principles of sculptural statics are counteracted here. Of all things, this most massive element of the sculpture is therefore given a lightness that opposes the granite and offers the architecturally joined structure a counter-form that can even be thought further beyond its limitation - the fracture-rough end surfaces of this beam suggest a breaking point in the sense of the word. Weight and lightness, inside and outside, closedness and openness are to be interpreted here less as flip sides of the same coin than as interrelated relationships.
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