Contemporary Stone Showcase

Purpose:

To establish an ongoing international dialogue about contemporary displays that will help to promote stone appreciation. We encourage members of the global viewing stone community to create new ways of displaying stones that reflect your life in the 21st century, your regional geology, your customs, craft and culture. Unfamiliar types of stones, bases, accessories and materials are welcome. We are not confined to displaying viewing stones in either the traditional Japanese or Chinese manner. These are options available to us and we should respect and acknowledge the established ways of displaying stones, but they are not the only way. It is timely to explore exciting new options to create stone displays that have bases, display tables, and other accessories that reflect our regional and national arts and crafts. Each month, one or more new contemporary stone displays will be featured and we will maintain a gallery of contemporary stone displays photographs to help people learn about this option.

How to Participate:

The online exhibition is open to anyone worldwide. Submit a 300 dpi photo (3000 x 3000 pixels) of your stone display. A display should consist of a stone, base, and accessories (tables, figures, plants, art work, others) that reflect a contemporary approach to your display. Accessories are optional. Please include a short one-paragraph description of your display. Use the entry form below.

Each entry will be evaluated on originality of the display and the coherence of the accompanying statement by a panel of viewing stone connoisseurs and artists. Each person will receive feedback about their display regardless of whether or not it is accepted for the online exhibition.

 

Gallery of Contemporary Stone Displays

 

“Adam—in the Hand of Gods”

Critique by Richard Turner

 

 

 

This arrangement by Christoph Daim (Austria) adapts the conventions of the museum to viewing stone display. The bronze hand, presumably from a Southeast Asian Buddhist sculpture, is mounted on a metal rod in much the same way that fragments of antique sculpture from Europe, Asia, and elsewhere are displayed. The stone, which shares the simple base with the hand, was found in Carmargue, France. It suggests a fragment of a male torso. The juxtaposition of the two found objects, one fabricated and the other natural, is intended to suggest that the fate of humankind lies in the hands of the gods. The fact that the stone is leaning against the hand and literally depends on the support of then hand to remain vertical, reinforces the idea of human reliance on the gods. Contrasting the elegance of the hand and the roughness of the stone accentuates the distance between the gods and humanity. Interestingly, the bronze hand is in the teaching mudra. A mudra is a sacred gesture found in Buddhist and Hindu art. Christoph’s display is clearly a lesson in contemporary approaches to viewing stone presentation.

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