The Evolving Philosophy of TORU KUROKAWA

"Work is my proof and cannot be separated from living."



THE STORY


Profession:

Sculptor & Ceramic Artist


Current Location:

Japan


Early Career:

I studied sculpture at university. In particular, I became absorbed in knowing the fun of clay as a material.



Current Works:

Creating sculptures with a mathematical approach has been important in my recent work.


People/Brands/Companies/Organizations you have worked with:

I collaborate with musicians and physicists, and also do projects with flower arrangement artists.


The work you are the most proud of:

Making music sculptures, making public art. It's fun to expand the possibilities.



THE QU & A


What are 3 values that you wish to mediate through your

work?


Work is my proof and cannot be separated from living. As a self-expression, it is a way to connect society. This is the first one.

The second is the fundamental desire to know.

Third, I want to find a universal idea that is familiar from ancient times to the present.


What are 3 relevant problems that you wish to solve through your work?


I want to pursue the possibility of emptiness and find a simple and beautiful shape. This is an important issue for me, but by the time I get to it, I am exploring the relationship between space and sculpture, the relationship between physical structure and sculpture, and the

relationship between human spirit and sculpture.



GENESIS


Why do you create?

Because there are small discoveries when creating. It continues.


How do you create?

I think theoretically, but in the end, I follow my own feelings.


What do you live for?

I live to find my philosophy.


How do you live?

I just keep making works.



THE CONVERSATION


When will we accept that every story should have a beginning, a

middle, and an end but not necessarily in that order?

Question asked by Jennifer Abessira, Image Creator, Tel Aviv


Since my work is the accumulation of daily activities, it is difficult to see the whole. I think the story will be born little by little. There is always a beginning and an end, but there is another beginning beyond the end. I think it's important for me to circulate and the space where the story is born.



What trends, references, etc. from the current situation can you

imagine seeing in the future?

Question asked by Marcus Petaccia, Makeup Artist, Sidney


Currently, I am enthusiastically working on metal and painting works. Expressions that were not possible before are now possible. I hope that further new expressions will be born.

The expression needs to come out, confined or not, selling or not.



We have to keep creating, isn’t that the whole point?

Question asked by Oussamah Ghandour, Painter, Beirut


That's right. I'm always looking for a good way to create. There are many ways to try new things, change places, and so on. It's an outside influence. But I also know that the most important thing is about your inner self, and sometimes you need to block out information from the outside. There is also movement inside, so I would like to make expressions that can only be done now.


This interview contributes to a new media format, where Creatives are in full control of their narratives. By exploring alternatives to narrative journalism, GAHSP starts unconventional conversations, emphasizing values and problems that shape our lives collectively.


Written and Edited by Julia Horvath

Image Courtesy of Toru Kurokawa