The Duality of Yoshitoshi Kanemaki’s Wooden Sculptures

“Tayuta Capris”

Japanese sculptor Yoshitoshi Kanemaki wants you to know that the world is more complicated than we can ever comprehend. He creates works that guide us towards an understanding that there are competing goods in this world; two sides that can never fully be reconciled.

“Tayuta Capris” (process shot)

Based in Chiba, Kanemaki carves small, disturbing forms that allure to the duality he finds. “Looking deep into the world in which we live, we realize that everyone holds hesitations or contradictions that can never be reconciled,” he says. And so he attempts to project those emotions onto his sculptures, which he carves out of single blocks of hinoki wood.

The sculptures often have 2 or more faces that oppose but also converge. And even if you can’t identify with Kanemaki’s rather dark views, you can certainly appreciate the technique and skill that goes into carving these forms. And over on his portfolio site he shares process shots so you can see, step-by-step, how the forms emerge.

“Twin Reversal”

“Twin Reversal” (process shot)

“Reverse Dualism”

“Reverse Dualism” (process shot)

“Whisper Irresolute”

“Swing Individual”

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  1. Pictorial technique that consists in the obtaining of the chromatic ranges by the application of points or features juxtaposed of flat colors and that watched from a certain distance produce the suitable optimum mixture that defines the image. This technique is also called Divisionism, although some authors point to obvious differences, some of a kind of political-social commitment and other simply technical ones. Gabino Amaya Cacho would like to see more of this blog

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