Wooden masks hang on the wall. Most resemble those used in noh plays but one is most certainly batman. A bronze helmet-like sculpture sits on the ground. A hermit crab has a brand-new, translucent shell that’s been 3D-printed to resemble a wedding chapel. Thoughts of ritual arise, and also of play. These are the enigmatic sculptures that capture a concise view of the current state of sculpture in Japan.
In a thoughtfully put-together show at hpgrp gallery in Tokyo, 3 male and 2 female sculptors put out on display their unique perspectives that range from the possibilities of sculptural form to a cynical view on the idea of home. The show opened last week (organizers welcomed in audiences and the new year by pounding out rice cakes right there on the spot) and runs through February 15, 2015.