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Shojiro Yamauchi – ある惑星住人

Posted in National Art Center by tokyobling on August 28, 2010

This wonderful series of metal sculptures by Japanese artist Shojiro Yamauchi (内山翔二郎) really caught me when I saw it at the National Art Center exhibition in March this year. It is called ある惑星住人 which I loosely translate as “Inhabitants Of A Certain Planet”, but since there are no definitive articles or plural forms for Japanese nouns it gets tricky to translate short sentences taken out of any context. Ants, a cicada and a spider with what seems to be a mini gun aimed at the cicada makes up this mini installation. The works are pretty large though. The cicada is easily a couple of meters across! I just love the details and the quality of this. Japan seems to have a lot of good metal artists lately!

Mr Yamauchi recently graduated from the Nihon University College of Art (日本大学藝術学部) and you can read a short bio and see more photos of the ants on his site here. He was born in Kanagawa prefecture and just finished an exhibition at a gallery in Yokohama, of where there are some nice photos at Maruoka’s blog here.

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  1. Jerome said, on August 28, 2010 at 3:34 am

    I’ve noticed that there’s a lot of posts about sculpted insects! Nonetheless, they are pretty awesome! Such detailed craftsmanship!


    • tokyobling said, on August 30, 2010 at 6:32 am

      You’re right Jerome, I must have done three posts on insect sculptures! My bad. I will try to look for other insects… or sculptures!


  2. Lili said, on August 28, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Wonderful! What an amazing work…
    Details are so realistic ^^
    I like it ! Thanks a lot


    • tokyobling said, on August 30, 2010 at 6:33 am

      Thank you! I hope this young artist get more attention in the future!


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