Haroshi is a self-taught Japanese woodworker passionating in skating. He collects used skateboards and transform them into wooden mosaic sculptures. His works often reflect his passion for skating and the danger of the sport itself, which he had created a series of injured human limps and symbols. Haroshi inherited his wood working method from the traditional Japanese Buddha sculpture making process. He cuts used skateboard into various pieces and stack them up to form the basic structure as the starting form of his sculpture. He then starts to carve and shave down the material to create his final sculpture. In every piece of his wooden sculptures, he includes a metal part that adds weight to the sculpture, stabilizing it, and also “give soul” to the sculpture, which is an irritation of the traditional Japanese wood making method; in the past, woodworkers would insert a crystal ball called the “Shin-Gachi-Rin” into Unkei, Buddha, serving as the heart of the sculpture and giving it a soul. Haroshi’s art is a perfect example of having modern concepts combining with the traditional ways of making.
Cy Twombly was an American artist that was famous for his random messy drawing style. Cy was influenced by various artists since when he was small. He had received a proper art training and had leant from various artists such as Pierre Daura, Robert Rauschenberg, Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, Ben Shahn, and John Cage. Cy had served in the US Army during WWII as a cryptologist, which the experience had deeply influenced his artistic style and works. He often drew in large scale and without a defined pattern, making his works unique and eye-catching. His artistic style, being slightly a head of the trend during his active years, had influenced various artists during his time and the generations after.