2 May 2017 2:51:28 PM AEST
We've been a longtime admirer of Kosuke Masuda (or, ko)- a Japanese artist and Buddhist priest from Yokohama, Japan. His work has featured regularly on such sites as the Radavist and recently he did a mindblowing collaboration with MASH.
His engravings are all meticulously and uniquely crafted using just a hand grinder.... and he does it all in one go (no sketching out or practice runs).
We decided to reach out to ko to see if he would be interested in creating a few unique Oi engravings for the Knog display at Eurobike and Interbike last year. Ko, the gent that he is was happy to do so and asked for us to send through 6 bells for him to engrave. What ko then sent back was absolutely amazing....
Below are a few photographs of Kosuke Masuda's incredible work & some kind words from the great man himself. Read on and enjoy.
I remember when I got the Oi in my hands. I thought these bells were so beautiful and I was excited to start working on them. The smooth black surface and the beautiful shape, I was wondering what kind of tone they have.
The process of my work is called meditation and samādhi (state of being totally aware from present moment). It's not just sitting or yoga in general trend. It could be any time and any style. Have you ever imagined how this meditation is going to be? Or “ Let’s do the same meditation I did before”? It’s like when you ride the same road with your bicycle every day, you see a different view and have different feelings each time. You can’t do the same meditation or ride you have done before. My art is not about the result. I am more approaching process side as meditation.
So what is it about? It’s like an ongoing drawing of a line. A line consists of dots. The line as the harmony and the dots as the phenomenon. You might see mountains, trees, waves, stars and space in my works but it’s consisted of dots. These are the harmony of the phenomenon. A dot could be a star or just dot, it depends on how you looking at or how you imagine it over the dots and lines. The truth is not in the artworks or even in nature. The truth is in your soul or heart, in Japanese we call it “Kokoro”. So my process of work is that a dot brings another dots and a line brings another line. Then the concentration of dots and lines expand the truth of our Kokoro. There is no beginning and ending. It’s all about phenomenon and harmony.