Ice Painting
Masashi Harada
Texts by Tadatoshi Akiba, Kazue Kobata
Translated by James Carson, Jan Fornell
Price: 3800 JPY + tax
Size: A4, 120 pages (hardcover)
May, 2006

On the surface of the ice, colors emerge, multiply, divide and mutate in fractal patterns. A fusion between organic forms and geometrical, micro and macro. This is the first visual book by the dancer and musician Masashi Harada.

A Gift from Higher Dimensions (foreword by Tadatoshi Akiba, Mayor of Hiroshima)
Introduction (Masashi Harada)
Ice Paintings:

Unpredictable spectacles
Diverging and evolving colors and shapes
The "now" that was not a moment ago
Chaos in cosmos in chaos
A manifestation of the possibility of living
Accumulating Erotic Time (essay by Kazue Kobata, Professor at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and Assistant Curator at PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York)
Ice Painting (Masashi Harada)

Profile of Masashi Harada
Pianist, percussionist, conductor, dancer, visual artist. Born in Hiroshima in 1962, Harada moved to the United States at the tender age of 17. In 1993, he graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music and subsequently joined their faculty until 2002. He is currently Associate Professor of Art at Hiroshima International University. While in the US, he also studied and performed with John Cage, Cecil Taylor and Joe Maneri, and studied dance and choreography with Clare Mallardi at Radcliffe Dance Center. In 1991, he devised his own dance/conducting/improvisation form Condanction. He started making ice paintings in 1996.
Partial discography:
Joe Maneri Trio (1989, Cochlea Productions, Boston),
Masashi Harada Condanction Ensemble (2000, Emanemdisc, London),
Masashi Harada/Barre Philips Duo (2001, Cadence, New York),
Masashi Harada Trio (2001, CIMP Records, New York),
Masashi Harada Electric Trio (2002, Leo Records, London),
Masashi Harada Condanction Ensemble (2004, Emanemdisc, London),
Masashi Harada/Mat Maneri Duo (2005, Leo Records, London) ,
Masashi Harada/Malcolm Goldstein Duo (2006, Emanemdisc, London)

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