ABOUT KEN HIRATSUKA: Sculptor Ken Hiratsuka was born in 1959 in Shimodate City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. He graduated in 1982 from Musashino University of Art in Tokyo. In the same year, Hiratsuka came to New York City, received a fellowship from the Art Students League, and embarked on his life work of carving one continuous line in stone around the world. Committed to art for everybody, Hiratsuka began sculpting the slate and granite sidewalks of New York City, becoming a figure in the Street Art Movement of the 80’s.
Driven by his vision of art’s capacity to transcend the differences of nations and languages, Hiratsuka’s work can now be seen in permanent public sites in both urban and natural environments in 21 countries, to date. His work is included in museum collections in Finland and Japan. Commissioned works include sculpted city sidewalks, building facades and entranceways, water sculptures and gardens. Public monuments include his 12 boulder “Peace Monument” for the Japanese Gardens of Cowra, Australia; “One Line Tower” – 40 tons x 30 ft. high -- in Yuzi Paradise Sculpture Park in Guilin, China; “One Line Boulder”, a 2004 commission for the city of Chikusei, Japan; “River,” a 100-ft long carved granite sidewalk at 25 Bond, NYC.
From the inner city, to the desert, to the coastline, Hiratsuka’s stone works are characterized by maze-like designs of infinite variation, always formed by one continuous line that never crosses itself. Hiratsuka often refers to his works as “fossils of the moment.” They are both modern and ancient, a symbol of human communication through universal language on the surface of the earth as one huge rock.
“I hope that those who see my work will discover new aspects of life, deeper levels of experience of which they may be only dimly aware. I want to inspire people to become more conscious of nature and our common humanity. No matter how lifestyles change, the basic self remains the same. I want to help bring human beings together. In my art there are no social, economic, cultural or political distinctions. We are all one.” Ken Hiratsuka SEE MORE
ABOUT ISTVAN KANTOR(aka MONTY CANTSIN", and "Amen!") (Hungarian: Kántor István; born August 27, 1949, Hungary) is a Canadian performance and video artist, industrial music and electropop singer, and one of the early members of Neoism. In the 1970s, he studied medicine, but also participated in the underground arts scene of communist Budapest that centered on the art historian László Beke.
In 1976, at the Young Art Club in Budapest, Cantsin met the American prankster and mail artist David Zack. Zack suggested the idea of adopting the multiple identity Monty Cantsin, which Kantor accepted, to the extent that it became chiefly associated with him. Returning to Montreal, he organized a Mail Art show, "The Brain in the Mail", and in 1979 founded the Neoism moevement. Soon afterwards, Neoism expanded into an international subcultural network that collectively used the Monty Cantsin identity.
Blood performances: Kantor's own work in the late 1970s and early 1980s consisted most notably of the "Blood Campaign", an ongoing series of performances in which he takes his own blood and splashes it onto walls, canvases or into the audience. At the same time, he continued to work within the Neoist network, co-organizing and participating in a series of Neoist festivals, which began as "Apartment Festivals", which were also called simply "APTs".
His more controversial works involve vandalism and gore, painting large X's in his own blood on the walls of modern art museums including next to two Picasso paintings at the MOMA in 1988 and at the Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney Museum in 2004. In doing so he has been banned from some art galleries, a status he holds with pride. In 2004, he threw a vial of his own blood on a wall beside a sculpture of Michael Jackson by Paul McCarthy in the Hamburger Bahnhof contemporary art museum of Berlin. Although his later work has been dismissed as a simple vandalism by some parts of the media. Curator Laura O’Reilly, commenting on Istvan Kantors writing "Monty Cantsin" on a piece by artist Nelson Saiers in The Hole Shop gallery in New york, said "There’s a fine line between pissing on someone else’s piece as a form self expression — if you’re going to call that art”.
Robotic art: Past work also includes noise installations and performances with electrically modified file cabinets. He also founded the "Machine Sex Action Group" which realizes theatrical cyber-futuristic body performances in an S/M style. The human body in its relation to machines, explored both in its apocalyptic and subversive potentials remains a major theme of his work.
Awards: In March 2004 he was awarded the Canadian Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.
ABOUT LINUS CORAGGIO: He began drawing as a one-year-old and sculpting intricate cardboard and wood sculptures at age 8. He designed and built his first piece of furniture at age 12 . A New York City native, he attended Music and Art High School where he met and collaborated with other local artists. Coraggio first began showing his sculpture in group exhibits in NYC (some of which he curated at spaces like ABC No Rio) while still studying for his BFA at SUNY Purchase. It was during this time that he invented a genre of street art called “3-D Graffiti” (welded, graffitied constructions bolted onto No-Parking signposts in several major cities). After graduation, Coraggio very actively participated in the blossoming East Village art scene. He formed and galvanized a sculpture group known as the “Rivington School” that created massive junk sculpture installations on the Lower East Side from 1985 to 1997 (including the infamous Gas Station/Space 2B—his sprawling scrap metal studio of 10 years in a former gas station on 2nd St. and Ave B). Coraggio attended the Whitney Museum Studio Program in 1986 and has received travel grants to Helsinki, Finland; Rotterdam, Holland; Lintz, Austria and Japan to do sponsored public sculptures. He still works and lives in NYC doing commissions and creating new welded abstract and figurative sculpture as well as one-of-a-kind metal furniture. Ringo Starr is among his collectors. SEE MORE
ABOUT MICHAEL CARTER (born June 29, 1947): He is a Scottish actor of film, stage and television, well known for portraying Gerald Bringsley in An American Werewolf in London, Von Thurnburg in The Illusionist and Bib Fortuna in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.
He was born and brought up in Dumfries, Scotland. Carter was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London.
Carter's earliest role was in Doctor Who (in the 1971 serial The Mind of Evil), which he played as a UNIT Soldier and a Prisoner. He made his film debut in An American Werewolf in London (1981) as London Underground passenger Gerald Bringsley, although he is probably best known for his portrayal of Bib Fortuna in Return of the Jedi (1983). Carter also played Radu Molasar in Michael Mann's cult horror movie The Keep (1983). He has been in several other films including The Draughtsman's Contract (1982), A Christmas Carol (1984) as the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, Young Adam (2003), The Illusionist (2006) and Centurion (2010).
Onstage Carter has appeared at the National Theatre, the West End and on Broadway with Dustin Hoffman. He co-wrote the film One Man's War which starred Anthony Hopkins.
He has made many appearances on television including both series of Rebus with both John Hannah and Ken Stott, and Taggart. He also starred as the husband of Brenda Fricker and Josette Simon in the 1992 TV mini-series Seekers and as Tulloch the head of the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service in Thames TV's seven part series Call Red. Carter created the role of Douglas Raeburn in twenty two episodes of BBC Scotland's Two Thousand Acres of Sky.
He has done voice work in video games, as Biorr of the Twin Fangs and Blacksmiths Ed and Boldwin in Demon's Souls, and as Hawkeye Gough in the Artorias of the Abyss add-on content for Dark Souls.
In October 2012, he appeared briefly in Hunted (TV series), as Vincent Cage, a genius mathematician before being killed by Jack Turner (Patrick Malahide).