|TRIBUTE TO THE PLEIADES
Bamboo, Gourd, Copper, Brass ~ H 17" W 54" D 15"
|"My interest in the arts
emerged as a youngster in California when I began carving
human figures out of eucalyptus and almond logs with a chainsaw.
This sculptural interest was refined during study at the University
of California at Berkeley under the credible influence of
Peter Voulkos and John Battenburg. I completed several sculptural
commissions while studying for my Bachelor of Architecture
Degree, received in 1969.
|I made a purposeful decision
at this juncture with a move to Africa where the rich sculptural
heritage of the continent made a deep artistic impression
on my psyche. Seven years in West and East Africa afforded
many opportunities for travel and study of this ageless land
and its people. My appetite for further awareness was enhanced
with time in the Near East, Southeast Asia, China, Indonesia,
Europe, Japan, Canada, Mexico, and Central America.
|In search of an environment
that would be conducive to a creative expression of my experiences,
I chose to move to the Big Island of Hawaii in 1982. Here
I found the drama and beauty of the island's culture and natural
materials, incorporating them into my art work. My explorations
also led to the discovery of the various bamboo groves that
are found throughout the islands. There was always a serenity
and beauty to these environments that transported me into
a spiritual place of my own being.
|My primary sculptural
medium had been metals, wood and natural fibers, however,
since 1990, I have been exploring my creative expression
through the use of bamboo. After extensive research and
arduous efforts of trial and error, I came to know the
eccentricities of this exquisite material and refine
my own methods of fashioning it into works of art. The
difficult task that I endeavor to accomplish is to incorporate
some of the aspects of serenity, beauty, and spirituality
of a bamboo forest into my art work. This coupled with
the influences of ten years of travel and exposure to
the arts of different cultures has formed the basis of
what is now embodied in my bamboo sculpture. My personal
philosophy regarding visual arts is that it is nonverbal
and lies in the mystery of its birth, creation, and its
|Herein above lies the mystical,
the magical, of the
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by Cal Hashimoto except where indicated.
Photos are not to be reproduced or copied in any form.
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