Ken Hiratsuka BALLS
Thursday, May 26 through Thursday, June 2
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 26 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Infinito Studio-Gallery – 79 Leonard Street (between Church Street and Broadway)
BALLS is a series of new stone sculptures by Ken Hiratsuka.
Like planets on an intergalactic map, these elliptical forms turn the gallery into a galaxy of Hiratsuka’s One Line Universe.
Hiratsuka’s original vision is “to carve the earth as one huge rock.” Each work in this series is a unique hand-carved variation of that vision, inscribing a memory of the human being like a permanent illusion — Hiratsuka also calls it “one line floating on black matter” — a specific moment of time-space-matter revealed through the artist’s hand.
Sculptor Ken Hiratsuka was born in 1959 in Shimodate City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. He graduated in 1982 from Musashino University of Art in Tokyo.
In the same year, Hiratsuka came to New York City, received a fellowship from the Art Students League, and embarked on his life work of carving one continuous line in stone around the world. Committed to art for everybody, Hiratsuka began sculpting the slate and granite sidewalks of New York City, becoming a well-known figure in the Street Art Movement of the ‘80s.
Driven by his vision of art’s capacity to transcend the differences of nations and languages, Hiratsuka moved beyond the street to create site-specific works in different countries, often living with the people and incorporating local cultural stories and icons into the carvings. There is a juxtaposition of the primitive/simple and the sophisticated/complex in Hiratsuka’s lines, a disruption of ancient and modern. Hiratsuka’s work can now be seen in permanent public sites in both urban and natural environments in 21 countries to date.
Infinite Studio-Gallery hours are from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. by appointment only. Call Infinito Studio Gallery at 347.266.6803.