Kyotaro Hakamata is one of the leading artists within the Japanese contemporary sculpture scene since the early 1990’s creating colorful striped sculptures.
Heavily influencing a younger generation of budding artists in his wake, it’s clear to see why so many aspiring sculpture artists find his work to be the pinnacle of Japanese contemporary sculpture. In 2011, several key sculpture pieces he has created over the years from 1987 – 2011 were combined in a show at the Shizuoka City Museum of Art.
The show, titled “Hakamata Kyotaro 1987-2011” was a stunning display of Hakamata’s finest work.
Kyotaro Hakamata sculptures will innately appeal to younger generations. Full of vibrant colors, quirky forms and a touch of a pop culture essence, the contemporary works of arts are undeniably youthful. Nevertheless, Kyotaro Hakamata undoubtedly has a wider audience than teens and young adults.
Born in Shizuoka, Japan, and based in Tokyo, Kyotaro Hakamata may appear playful at first, but there is a lot more going on behind the surface. Made up of variously colored acrylic boards, Kyotaro Hakamata observes for Volta NY, “The stripes of the surface created by such a process deform and delude viewers’ visions when they try to see the shape of the work.[…] So here, you can see the contradictory relationship: the consequence of the basic process of making sculpture destroys the viewers’ visions.”
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Stripes are visually strong so that they destroy your sight. Your recognition will be disturbed by the stripes to perceive the sculpture’s shape and its texture. Another feature of Hakamata’s works is duplication. The same motifs are often created in different sizes or one ready-made product is cut and built into two sculptures which are exactly in the same shape of the original product. Duplication is quietly asking us of what is real and what is not whether there is a boundary within the two. His sculptures and installation unseal your subconsciousness.
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