ART/ 20 September, 2018
Tomohiro Inaba is a young artist who finished his graduate studies in 2010.
He is attracted to iron as a material among other reasons because it begins to rust and decay upon contact with air, practically the moment it is created. For some his two-dimensional work he has used heat-sensitive paper, a likewise ephemeral material.
Inaba often incorporates everyday objects into his work. His Straight Grass series consisted of household refuse exhibited in bespoke frames.
Though made from solid iron wire, many of his sculptures appear freely woven. Their foundation is an anatomically correct solid form but it shoots off in incredibly complex tangles of steel wire that manifest themselves like violent pencil scribbles.
I would like my creations to be "the sculptures that keep engaging with the viewers through their imagination". This is because I consider one of the ways of art is to be instrumental in bringing the viewers "a fruitful time" to fantasize about something that eyes cannot see.
For this reason I always pursue figures that inspires people's imagination.
I leave "blanks" in my works in order to create sculptures that engage with the viewers through their imagination.
In addition, by capturing the moment of one figure transforming into another, the art works start to tell us stories that evoke the flux of time.