Contemporary Stone Showcase
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.
A contemporary display can be made by combining traditional elements in new ways. Here, a Chinese Lingbi stone is used as a brush rest that is paired with a 1799 Japanese book Kyoto’s Wonderful Landscape Scenes. It is not unusual to find a Chinese stone in a Japanese scholar’s studio. This stone and book illustrate the strong link between these two elements. Writers and artists began publishing books about stone appreciation and their use in homes and gardens approximately 1,000 years ago and continue to do so to the present. Others composed poetry about stones or rendered paintings of them, often adorned with calligraphy. These products of scholars’ efforts were instrumental in building cross-cultural influences between these two Asian countries. Now, both books and stones have spread to all corners of the world as more people embrace stone appreciation.