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.
“Love at the Cliffs (崖壁情缘)”
by Tom Elias
This Jiulong Bi stone with its subdued multiple colors and creative landscape base (景观创意座) gives the impression of a remote large rock outcrop where lovers meet. The use of modern style bases can help convey messages that would be difficult for traditional northern- or southern-style Chinese bases. Bringing more creativity to viewing stone display is an exciting element of contemporary stone display. This stone and base is in the collection of Thomas Elias and Hiromi Nakaoji. The stone is 18 cm wide, 13.5 cm high, and 13 cm deep.