Shinichi Maruyama – the brightest representative of the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi – the beauty of things imperfect, inconstant and unfinished. In his work he captures the basic principle of vigorous interactions between forms. Detailed spatial illusionism inevitably points to a whirlwind of visual forms and sensations, where spontaneity and control are in perfect balance. The artist’s status lies in his ability to create a new abstract visual language that generates movement and immobility in the imagination, communicating through the gesture of emotion and thought. Shinichi Maruyama is the master of stopping the passage of time with the help of liquid images deliberately collided in the air.
Abstract images appearing in the photo Shinichi Maruyama’s “Water Sculptures”, created by water. A series of “Water Sculptures” is an expression of the personal experience of the artist, who practices the art of calligraphy, as a dynamic and expressive form of the action of painting in the air.
Kusho or drawing in the sky – photo art series Shinichi Maruyama
Author’s painting, called Kusho, in Japanese translation, means “drawing in the sky.” It is like a dance movement – energetic, invigorating and at the same time frozen in an unusual form. Infinite energy is achieved through a harmonious combination of movement strength, Japanese minimalism and oriental expressive calligraphic skill of the artist, designer, and photographer Shinichi Maruyama.
“As I was a young student, I often wrote Chinese characters with sumi-ink. I loved to feel a shaky feeling, sitting in front of an empty white page before my brush touched the paper. I always felt joy, as a result of every movement.
After your brush touches the paper, you must finish the character. You have one chance that is never repeated and duplicated. You have to mobilize all your forces, concentrate your attention before each new blow. Fluids, like ink, are elusive by nature. As sumi ink finds its own way through the graininess of the paper, so does the liquid find its unique way when it moves through the air.
Now, remembering those childhood moments with ink and a blank page, I’m working with a large “brush” and a paint bucket. I get the same excitement feeling when I’m standing in front of an empty studio space. Each blow is unique, ephemeral, does not lend itself to copying or restoring. I know that in the process of splashing, something fantastic is happening, some “decisive moment”, but I can not fully understand what it is until I see the footage. These pictures are in the sky.
Chaotic, unpredictable spray, focused on the pictures become available to the human eye thanks to a special stroboscopic camera. It allows you to make unique snapshots before the liquid turns into a banal homogeneous mass. Thus, the stroboscopic effect gives the illusion of a slow movement, similar to that experienced by a person, while in a club on the dance floor.
Unpredictability is intriguing and captivating. In this regard, Shinichi Maruyama is a happy man who made the state of unpredictability a way of life. Doing art, experiencing your favorite feelings, which are also unique in nature, recalling the unique feelings of grace – a good example for edification how to make a good rest from work.