The world of Japanese artist Atsushi Tawa combines a variety of mediums and methods from sculpture to painting, video and drawing creating a visceral world that dissects the established societal norm. Allusively functional objects, bejeweled, bedazzled, and bewitched redefine the nature of beauty. Concerned with the emptiness of both form and content, and presented as an isolation of the Romantic ideal, Tawa’s stunning sculptures (premiering stateside for the first time), are an oddly poetic response to an imperfect world. The identity of every object or symbol is dependent on the view of its creator, meditator, and its audience or consumer, and as consequence we inherit its aspirations, values and intentions. Allusive without symbolism, a yearning that never achieves utopian, Tawa evokes and ever evolving dialogue between the functional and functionless, art and autonomy, and design and utility. The collection juxtaposes of found mannequins with quartz ,itself a dead object with a seeming ability to morph and grow, and addresses from a neutral standpoint the dissonance of both the ephemeral and perpetual existence.
Once the form is altered, a new identity, perception and experience is formed, drawing the viewer to reconsider its original meaning and purpose.
Atusushi Tawa is represented by Identity Art Gallery in Hong Kong.