In a World of Pure Imagination: Takashi Iwasaki

11 Jan

The work of Canadian artist Takashi Iwasaki  creates a bright and candy colored world, full of shapes that may seem incongruous, but are creating tableaus representing, for the artist, either completely imaginary worlds or the world he sees every day, as he sees it in shape and color.

Midoriyaamehatzga, embroidery floss and fabric (hand embroidered), 51cm x 51cm

Though the composition  may have meaning to the artist, he purposefully keeps the titles vague ( they are a combination of fragments several languages and sounds based on themes or elements in each work ), so that the viewer may drawn his own conclusion as to what is being seen.

Kamidaredentou, embroidery floss and fabric (hand embroidered,) 41cm x 41cm

Although the bright tones are decidedly cheery and the shapes often whimsical, it could be easy to interpret these with a dark sensibility.  They are at times alien-like and the Sputnik-ish motifs along with the clean aesthetic lead me to often see a kind of mid-century extraterrestrial sort of world.  One that I would happily be abducted to.

Taretentokaku, embroidery floss and fabric (hand embroidered), 30.5cm x 30.5cm

Minotogetenti, embroidery floss and fabric (hand embroidered), 35.5cm x 35.5cm

In addition to the embroidered ( ! ) works above, Iwasaki you can also see wonderful paintings and drawings on his website.  They will take you to another world!

Featured image is Nijiawapaip, embroidery floss and fabric (hand embroidered), 41cm x 41cm.  All images are via the artist’s website.

This artist found via DesignMilk.

7 Responses to “In a World of Pure Imagination: Takashi Iwasaki”

  1. m.a.tateishi January 11, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    Hooray! I’m clapping my hands in glee seeing this post. I have one of Takashi’s pieces, a painting, not an embroidery, and I love looking at it. He had a show in Vancouver last year, it was great to see a lot of his work together. In addition, he curates a narrow gallery space in Winnipeg and presents interesting work there.

    • Lesley January 11, 2012 at 11:58 am #

      That is so funny, M.A., because when I saw that he’d had a show in Vancouver, I wondered if you knew of him!🙂 How lucky you are to own one of his pieces!

      • m.a.tateishi January 11, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

        Actually, I saw an article about him in a magazine years ago, and I arranged to meet him when I was in Winnipeg, then bought a painting directly from him. The Vancouver show was a chance to see his work’s evolution.

  2. FROM THE RIGHT BANK January 11, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    Wow, this really is beautiful. Thanks for the introduction! I had no idea until today that you moved as much as you do. And I thought I was a vagabond!!! I have to admit am a little jealous.🙂 I totally agree with you that savoring each day is the key. I love your attitude!

    • Lesley January 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

      Glad you liked his work, Ally! Yes, our lifestyle is a bit insane, but is giving us the opportunity to see some amazing places and meet incredible people.

      Cheers!
      Lesley

  3. Conceptual Muse January 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    Reblogged this on Conceptual Art.

  4. KatiesCameraBlog January 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    Amazing work here. Takashi Iwasaki does great art. Thanks so much for featuring him.🙂

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