Haroshi, ‘Fire Hydrant’, 2011, Jonathan LeVine Projects

About Haroshi

Haroshi is a skateboarder and self-taught woodworker, known for his large sculptures made from skateboard decks. To make each sculpture, Haroshi carefully selects and stacks the skateboards, then hand carves, paints, and polishes them into a veneered finish. Because skateboard decks are made of layers of processed wood, the final sculptures appear to have striped surfaces. Haroshi favors popular and recognizable forms for his subjects; in addition to skateboard sculptures, he has created teddy bears, cartoon characters, sneakers, and fire hydrants. During the construction of each sculpture, Haroshi puts a broken skateboard piece into the core of the piece—or gives each piece a “soul”. This practice is inspired by Unkei, a 12th-century Buddhist sculptor who would place a crystal ball inside each of his Buddha sculptures.

Japanese, b. 1978, Tokyo, Japan, based in Tokyo, Japan

Solo Shows on Artsy

2015
Haroshi: Still Pushing Despite the Odds, Jonathan LeVine Projects, New York
2013
Haroshi, Virtual Reality, Jonathan LeVine Projects, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
Welcome to New Jersey, Jonathan LeVine Projects, Jersey City
2016
A Conversation With Friends, Jonathan LeVine Projects, New York