Cloth fibers, dust and human hair. To most people this is garbage to be swept or vacuumed away. For Hiroshima-based Japanese artist Takahiro Iwasaki, these are his building blocks. He turns trash into sculpture by creating impressive miniature landscapes that often feature factories, ferris wheels and other iconic structures. And now, the artist’s first solo show has opened in New York and is on display at the Asia Society Museum.
Iwasaki is known for creating detailed miniature landscapes using found and recycled materials. Last summer he created scenes of industrial Japan using cloth fibers and human hair. Below is a miniature coney island created in 2012 from beach towels.
Titled “In Focus,” Iwasaki’s exhibition comprises “a delicate and fanciful landscape made of fibers from recycled Japanese kimonos,” says curator Michelle Yun. The piece, set in 6 plexiglas boxes, was inspired by the 17th C. “Flowers and Grasses of the Four Seasons” and are displayed at angles similar to the folding screens.
The transformation of these found and recycled objects from trash into sublime sculptures underscores the artist’s belief in the “duality of chaos and order imprinted on everyday life,” adds Michelle Yun. The exhibition at Asia Society in New York runs through April 26, 2015.