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15 January 2011

Throwing Water

For the Middle Primary Class, and their investigation of water. We've been considering watercolor paints, but we hadn't thought of sculpture.

Water Sculpture from Shinichi Maruyama on Vimeo.
Art work by Shinichi Maruyama

Composited by Tetsushi Wakasugi

If you find this interesting, go to the artist's web page, http://www.shinichimaruyama.com/ where you'll find many more intriguing photographs of water captured in beautiful, unimaginable forms. Bruce Silverstein is his gallery in New York - you'll find more about his work there.

Photo by Nathan Rein
Shinichi Maruyama was born in Nagano, Japan in 1968, graduated from Chiba University in 1991, where he majored in image engineering, studied emulsion and developed his passion for photography.  He started his professional career in tokyo in 1993 and in 2003 moved to New York "in search of more global opportunities. specializing in splashing and energetic movements within shots, maruyama has become highly sought after for his expertise in this field expanding his career into europe in 2005." (link) Read more about his career on the Living Design web page.

"The only art series of mine that has been inspired by Japanese traditional calligraphy is Kusho. As a young student, I often wrote Chinese character in sumi ink. I loved the nervous, precarious feeling of sitting before an empty white paper, the moment just before my brush touched the paper. Those childhood moments have undeniably influenced my work in that series, however, my respect for the Japanese ability to find the beauty in the imperfect (the essence of wabi-sabi) is the main source of inspiration that is found throughout all of my work." Read the rest of this interesting interview by Nicole Pasulka on TheMorningNews web page.

Kusho is the japanese word for 'writing in the sky'. The video below is about the midair interplay of black india ink and water. the phenomenon that Maruyama captures-two liquids colliding the millisecond before they merge into gray. (link)

KUSHO from Shinichi Maruyama on Vimeo.

Information sources for this post:
Open Culture
Design Boom
Bruce Silverstein
New York Arts
Living Design