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Osamu Shimoda used to call himself a "MONUMENTAL IRON SCULPTOR" A very few old people nowadays, remember that he once was a semi-abstract painter exhibiting his art works in Japan at the Nitten artists group shows in early 1950s. In 1958 he came to New York and under the strong influence of The New York School movement, abandoned his academic painting style, and started to create relief works of shaped canvas, and then he changed his works gradually to three dimensional sculpture.
That was a golden age of Pop and Minimal art in New York of early 1960s. Andy Warhol's famous works like "Green Coca-Cola Bottles" or " Marilyn Monroe" caused a sensational stir in the Contemporary Art World. The enumeration of the machine-produced identical objects represents the mass production of the commercialism, denying a human touch has been cheered and accepted at large (by public). On the other hand, Donald Judd who is a pioneer of Minimal Art, utilized new man-made materials such as plastic, plywood and etc., which were developed during the Vietnam War, he created a new art form different from the traditional wood, stone carving or bronze sculptures byy constructing simple forms or objects using small pieces of form of materials.
Thus, constructive sculptures are far from the traditional ones which are executed by curving materials by chisels and knives scraping off the materials into smaller size. On the contrary, constructive sculpture has a potential power to stretch into the space without any physical restrictions. As the works bigger in scale, the smaller the galleries and they moved out seeking for a bigger open space such as parks, public places in suburbs. Numerous monumental sculptures by prominent artists like Isamu Noguchi, David Smith and Alexander Calder started to display their monumental works in civic plazas, parks and entrances of buildings, and finally Monumental Sculpture Art in America reached a golden Age.
Works by Osamu Shimoda
Sacchi Shimoda, Honorary Director, Okuizumo Steele Sculpture Museum in Japan
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In 1972, Shimoda moved his studio into downtown of old Brooklyn. That old ruined building that had been used as an auto salvaging factory, where he found a pile of rusty iron sheets leaning against the wall or stuck on the floor. They had been abandoned for many years but it was still beautiful and exuded unchanged power of iron in Shimoda's eyes. The iron, in general is an inorganic and insensitive material with heavy, hard and cold images as well as destructive, inflexible: because of its powerful sense of existence. Thus, a very few artists had recognized the aesthetic beauty within iron and use it as his or her aesthetic subject or even medium. Would it not be a possibility to execute a monumental iron sculpture by subtracting or minimizing those negative elements from the iron by attempting to lessen the gravity of the iron through the study on the layout or construction of the work?
In general, the most traditional sculptors create art works based on his or her own images or ideas, ignoring the place where their works will be set up or placed. However, for the contemporary monumental artists, they cannot ignore the environmental facts, like geographic conditions, local cultures and so on that are invariable. Shimoda was an artist who knew how to create or design his monumental works to make harmonize with mountain ranges in the distance or how to devide the space without destroying a beauty of the nature by keeping harmonious balance with the surroundings.
Barbara Rose, an American born modern art critic, who once commented on Shimoda's works said that "intensive power and balance will be a distinctive feature of his works just like samurai spirits in Shimoda's blood." In his later years, he used to say that the iron talked to him and its power inspired his creativity. Osamu Shimoda was an artist who was thoroughly fascinated with a beauty of iron.
OSSAM Gallery Exhibitions 2017, NYC
April 22 - May 14
• Special Exhibition of Japanese Calligraphy in Motion,
KOUKI SUGITA - MAESTRO OF ORIGAMI - AKIRA YOSHIZAWA
Opening Reception / Silent Auction: Saturday, April 22th, 3 - 7 pm
• Amazing World of ORAGAMI, DOMAIN OF 15cm X 15cm by Sacchi Shimoda
May 27 - June 18 Gallery Hours : Fri/Sat/Sun 1:00-7:00 pm (weekdays: appointment only)
• Memorial Exhibition of OSAMU SHIMODA & TOSHIO SASAKI , Sculptures and Paintings
• Sacchi Shimoda Origami Art exhibition (OSSAM 2nd Gallery)
Opening Reception : Saturday, May 27th, 3 - 8 pm
September 8-17 • "Washi exhibition", 11:00am-7:00pm
Workshop scheduled open for public / Free Admission
9/9 2:00-6:00 Washi paper making, Cyanotype technique
9/10 2:00-6:00 Washi making & drawing
9/12 2:00-6:00 Washi paper dyeing
9/16 2-00-6:00 Washi paper making
October 7(sat) -23 (Mon) • OSSAM Gallery October Art Exhibition
Nov 17 - Dec 3 • "Cat and Dog painting" exhibition, supported by Brooklyn Bridge Animal welfare coalition
Note: The schedule is subject to change.