We had the good fortune of connecting with D. Yoshikawa Wright and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi D. Yoshikawa, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is such an interesting subject! Risk can be subtle or dramatic but none the less, it permeates our existence. Each day, there are elements of risk which effect every aspect of life. But those risks which are most defining, would be those risks that have created or determined the trajectory of my life and who I am. Risk is a tricky thing. If I put too much attention on the risk factor, I become paralyzed with indecision, anxiety and fear. Instead of succumbing to risk, I maintain my ability to confront by keeping my attention on what I want to create. Through these succession of risks, I’m realizing more and more of my potential
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a stone sculptor. I carve all kinds of stones. At present I predominantly carve California granite. My style of sculpture would be considered abstract. I prefer this art form since I don’t want to be limited by what I see in the physical universe and I find it easier to express myself. Although I’ve been an artist since childhood, I didn’t find my passion until I went to university and took a sculpture class. Besides my stone sculptures, I’ve concentrated on creating water sculptures. I became curious what would be a stone sculptors’ concept of a waterfall or fountain. In the process of exploring water sculptures I came up with a technique which duplicates the sound of a mountain stream. If one closes ones eyes and listens to this meditative sound, one becomes formless. In this sense, what one hears is more important than what one sees. Professionally I am where I am today because there was the initial decision and commitment to make a living with my sculpture. As an artist its important to realize that you are a business and that you need to wear different hats or have someone else wear the hats. Its important to promote like mad along different avenues and to establish as many relationships as possible. Once you establish clients, make sure to keep in good communication with them. The path of an artist is not easy. Each artists path is unique. What I would like the world to know is that I love the challenge of creating site specific art. I love integrating art with the environment and I love the interaction with clients. On a more broad scale, it’s vitally important that people realize the importance of aesthetics in their life since our essence is beauty.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
To begin the itinerary, I would take my friend for a walk. We live in the Beachwood Canyon in Hollywood. It’s a very storied area. The area is filled with eclectic architecture and we have the famed Hollywood sign just up the hill. Surprisingly there are lots of natural trails and our local restaurant Beachwood Cafe has a very tasty menu. Next I would take my friend to my studio in Altadena. It’s located on a 24 acre ranch. There are horses, a donkey and sheep. Activities on the ranch include perma culture, drawing and ceramic classes. On the property, I have created some sculptural niches. A go-to breakfast place is Millie’s in Silver Lake. Huntington Library,Gardens and Art Galleries is a must see in San Marino. The gardens are a little slice of heaven on Earth. I’ve been fortunate to be able to create artwork for this institution. Close by is the Norton Simon in Pasadena. This is a gem for a small art museum. Downtown LA, we would have to drive around Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. Abbot Kinney is always fun to explore. We enjoy the shops and our favorite restaurant is Gjelina . Also another great spot for food is Gjusta. On the West side, Getty Villa transport you in time. Tongua Park in Santa Monica is a very unique recreation area. And of course, a drive along the coast is mandatory.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my shoutouts to: – my wife: my lifetime companion – my mother for her inspiration – Glen Chamberlain: my professor who hatted me on how to carve stone – Minato san who sponsored me in Japan when I was working in the stone quarries – Frank Manwarren for his many introductions in Los Angeles – George Schmok who featured my artwork in his Landscape Architect and Specifier News magazine – Woody Dike for his friendship and professional advice – Randolph South for his friendship and artistic talents – L. Ron Hubbard for helping me reveal who I am and for validating artists
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Photo of myself is by Ray Kachitorian. All others are by myself.