ODANI MOTOHIKO IS A JAPANESE CONTEMPORARY SCULPTOR WITH POWERFUL AND UNIQUE EXPRESSIONS OF ART

Odani Motohiko was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan. He received an MFA from Tokyo University of the Arts in 1997, where he currently teaches. His works have been exhibited widely throughout Europe and Asia.

These stunning , unique sculptures that caught my eyes , it’s so delicate and yet so strong at the same time.

“Odani’s works on the themes of physical sensations and psychological states, such as pain and fear, awaken latent thoughts and emotions in their viewers”. (Mori Art Museum Centre)

Odani’s works on the themes of physical sensations and psychological states, such as pain and fear, awaken latent thoughts and emotions in their viewers. A dress made of hair, an animal in a restraining device, a mysterious young girl, a samurai’s wraith-like emaciated horse: The complex images in the works defy single interpretations and possess an ominous charm that exists somewhere between beauty and ugliness, life and death and the spiritual and the secular. Odani, who possesses a keenly critical understanding of sculpture, has resisted (or taken advantage of) the medium’s conventional image of weightiness or substance. Instead, he has given physical representation to “phantoms” – entirely ephemeral sensations or amorphous phenomena. In this exhibition, we explore the essence of Odani’s art, bringing together works from early in his 10-year career to the present. Also included are a large interactive installation – a kind of “video sculpture” – and new works exploring natural forces such as gravity and rotation. With Odani’s artworks transcending the conventional idea of sculpture and seeking to give visual representation to existence itself, this exhibition pursues new possibilities for artistic expression.

Source – https://www.mori.art.museum/english/contents/phantom_limb/exhibition/index.html

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