Koji Hatakeyama

Born in 1956, Toyama
The artist refers to bronze as being 'a material with memories of a thousand years'. Paying no mind to the oppressive heat of Japan's summer this year, he worked with molten copper and lead to create over 15 pieces. The patterns that appear in the surface of his works are the result of various chemical reactions; some having the appearance of blazing flames while others possess a mysterious coloring that enchant the viewer into wondering if perhaps the surface has weathered through hundreds of years of rich history.