Small, minimal and enchanting describes the sculptures of Japanese architect, Kazuhiko Tanaka. who captures the essences of daily life in this work. His artist’s statement on Paris Art Web describes his penchant for small things:
“Like our small ancestors I am searching for a way of life in this modern age where mega sized corporations and political powers are to me like dinosaurs. I do not want power, but only to make my own way, step by step. And I want to be a friend of small things, both creatures and objects. These things may explain why I am making small figural sculptures. When I am walking in the city, not on business as an architect, just observing people walking, talking, and laughing, I realize these are the beautiful moments of their lives. These images inspire me to try to recreate them as soon as possible. Sometimes I am so absorbed I work till dawn. The experiences of my childhood are for me treasures. So, I try to dig up these almost forgotten beautiful moments and shape them into images, almost like keeping a daily journal. Ultimately, I want to reflect those treasured moments in other people’s lives. And when I create good ones, those are blissful experiences for me.”
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Images: Courtesy of Kazuhiko Tanaka.