Old books, sticks, and stones might not normally get your attention, but we guarantee you’ll give them a second look after artist Ramon Todo is done with them. The Tokyo-born artist splices stones, books, wood, and other everyday objects with translucent and highly polished layers of glass. The startling juxtaposition between hard glass and weathered material not only brings an unexpected beauty to the object, but also challenges viewers to define the new hybrid sculpture.
Todo often uses found objects, collected while out walking, for his sculptures. His names can reflect where he found the original piece, such as ‘Artificial Stone of Paris; Bois de Boulogne Paris 2007 #4’ as a way to tie the artwork back to its former state. The interesting contrast of textures is strengthened by Todo’s painstaking attention to detail and glass carving skills; his seamless glass inserts make his sculptures look as if they were naturally occurring.
The beautiful glass inlays breathe new life into the random objects, which are effectively recreated with new meaning. Todo’s new sculpture will be put on view with MA2 Gallery at EXPO CHICAGO next week.