Tsuyoshi Hisakado’s “River” (2022) on display at Ota Fine Arts in Tokyo

For the first time in four years, the artist Tsuyoshi Hisakado had a new solo exhibition in Tokyo. One of his works was composed of multiple frames that filled almost the entire wall. A single white circle near the center immediately attracts your eye, beckoning you to step closer. And as you do, order emerges out of chaos. The sheets of paper are, in fact, filled with the digits of π (pi), the mathematical constant. Beginning in the circular negative space at the center of the piece, the continuous, eternal sequence of numbers spiral outwards. In certain areas they have been torn apart and broken up numerous times but the fragments together form one big current and undulation.

Born in 1981 in Kyoto, Tsuyoshi Hisakado works out of a studio in rural Kyoto where he is at the mercy of severe weather and wildlife. His artistic practice draws from a consideration of the laws of nature and the universe, which are far beyond human wisdom. 

Hisakado’s spiraling digits of pi are titled “River” after the the naturally flowing watercourse that has been at the source of human civilization since, well, civilization. Of course rivers also easily sweep away the order that civilization has nurtured over many years and overwrite it with a new order.

Hisakado’s exhibition just closed yesterday but you can read read and see more over at Ota Fine Arts. And you can also follow the artist on Instagram.