Toshifumi Hirose
廣瀬 敏史

Toshifumi Hirose's urban sculptures come across as a bit warped. They are placed diagonally in the room, overdrawing and exaggerating our usual perception of architecture and life in public space. With them, a deliberate and intended subjective perception presents itself, which Hirose projects onto his spatial structures constructed as if from building blocks or three-dimensional puzzle pieces. But the whole thing only gradually comes into its own. For before all the building — a very time-consuming process of making the individual components with a great deal of concentration — comes the photographing of the real objects and the life around them. Only then does subjective perception set in, and the artist produces an idiosyncratic space-time structure: with sloping walls, elongated sides on which passersby promenade like colored shadows, and dizzying heights. Hirose begins where the Futurists left off with their moving time-space conceptions of modern life in cities. In his work, it is not the individual objects and their inhabitants that are in motion; here, an entire cityscape is in motion and at the same time decelerated within it, statically stabilized with the help of the precisely fitting "puzzle pieces".

In addition to his sculptures, Hirose also makes paper cuts and woodcuts. In the latter, he is more interested in the sculptural aspect than the pictorial, two-dimensional aspect that results from the superimposition of multiple prints. "Instead of painting", Hirose says, "one might say building." A building could be added, whose actual material is provided by modern perception in cities.

CV          |         Text: Time as transformation of pictorial surfaces (Ursula Panhans-Bühler)


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