In the complex photographic works of the Japanese visionary Yuichi Ikehata sail seemingly opposite paradigms, but intimately connected between reality and fiction. The artist’s recent monochromatic works have been splitted in two series, the first one is an “Observer’s Report” with which he creates his works using his body and art objects that he created for himself. In the second series, he inserted an imaginary character, an observer , who wanders this boundary between reality and fiction. Yuichi Ikehata said: “We live from moment to moment in a mix of truth and fiction that we consider reality. There’s a relationship between reality and fiction and for this reason is very important to understand the difference so that we are able to recognize from one another. But sometimes they are so connected to each other that we can not recognize diversity “.
In the second surreal series entitled “Fragment of Long Term Memory”, the artist studied the fragmentary nature of our memory and realized, with futurist feeling, three-dimensional sculptures of human bodies (or parts of the body) using wire, clay, paper, cables metal that, subsequently, photographs, digitally adds skin, hair, eyes, nails and other features, thus offering the viewer a final realistic image, perfect enough to bring the viewer to not distinguish what is real and what is not. The unfinished objects, with the skin flaking to reveal the underlying structure, as if they were real bodies recovered on the edge of an explosion, give the observer something to think about: “A decaying object could stimulate the spectator’s imagination more than a finished work “, the artist said. “The world of reality and non-reality is very intimate. Many parts of our memories are often forgotten or difficult to remember. I collect those fragmented moments, modify them, fix them, reconstruct them as surreal images. However, “it is my real world”, he finally said.
written by: cinzia maffei | fooldot