They say less is more, and that’s a phrase that Japanese artist and sculptor Takahiro Iwasaki takes to heart. From electrical tape, to threads of towels and even human hair, the Hiroshima-based artist works on meticulous little monuments of quotidians that focuses on the representation of urbanisation, organisation, and even warfare built from scraps of nothing. He’s sculpted everything from Coney Island in the United States to Victoria Peak in Hong Kong with tiny materials that could easily go unnoticed by the naked eye.
Inspired by the industrial change of his homeland, with a particular focus on toothbrushes, Iwasaki delicately builds everything from radio towers, power lines and buildings by carefully gluing tiny pieces of cut brush bristle and assembling them upon the tip of the toothbrushes, creating intricate masterpieces.
His unique eye on creating detailed urban landscapes on a tiny scale to address the psychologically impact on his contemporary audiences has allowed him to exhibit internationally, with the likes of the Museum of Art in Seoul, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and even the Queensland Art Gallery, so Iwasaki is a big name, despite his miniature works.
Make sure to check out some of his collection of tiny series, titled Out of Disorder, in the gallery above.
- Words: Chau Nguyen