April 01, 2012 - July 31, 2012
Sponsored by Pola Art Foundation, Japan
Takahiro Iwasaki creates a unique world by combining a painstaking creative process with familiar materials. Close examination reveals miniature natural and urban landscapes, including towers created with threads pulled from fraying towels and socks, utility poles created with the lead from mechanical pencils, and mountain ranges made by carving erasers. The gap in scale and the displacement of perspective has the effect of surprising and delighting the observer. Although the scenes are so fragile that they could be destroyed by a simple touch, Iwasaki’s work emanates a powerful magnetic force that triggers people to ‘see,’ while the mountains and towns created with inorganic materials in fact appear organic, as though they have evolved naturally.
Takahiro Iwasaki is based in Hiroshima, Japan, and graduated from Hiroshima City University and Edinburgh College of Art MFA. Recent solo shows include Nichtlokalität, Nassauischer Kunstverein-Wiesbaden, Germany; Phenotypic Remodeling, ARATANIURANO, Tokyo. Group show include Our Magic Hour, Yokohama Triennale 2011,Yokohama; LUSTWARANDE`11,Tilburg, Netherlands; CONSTELLATIONS, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK; everyday(s), Casino, Luxembourg; City-net Asia 2009, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea; The Spectacle of the Everyday, 10th Lyon Biennale 2009, Lyon, France.