Artist and designer Haroshi recycles skateboard decks and transforms them into sculptures that span from pop installations, Japanese toys and classic graphics. It’s a completely self-taught carving and shaping technique he’s perfected since 2003. His collaborations with street brands and BATB trophies set him on par with other groundbreaking artists in modern culture. His iconic method, however, is heavily inspired by 12th-century Buddhist sculptor Unkei, who would place a crystal ball inside his Buddha statues. Likewise, Hamoshi considers putting the broken scrap wood into the core of the piece as giving them a “soul”. I versus I exhibition will follow his past successful exhibition tours in and outside Japan.
© Haroshi. Mosh Pit (2021). Carved skateboard elements H182 x W365 x D2 cm. Courtesy of Nanzuka