Artist Kazuhito Takadoi (before) tames the stubborn grasses, leaves and branches of his garden by weaving the individual strands into exquisite radial sculptures. Sewn in paper or bound on wooden discs made of Lebanon, oak, elm or walnut cedar, the abstract shapes float between two and three dimensions and use traditional Japanese bookbinding techniques to fix the threads. Every work of art, be it a complex overlapping mass or a pair of circular sculptures, is an act of preservation and a study of the inevitable transformation: although the materials do not completely decompose, subtle shifts in color and texture occur with age. “When the light changes or the perspective is shifted, the shadows create a new perspective,” says the artist.
Takadoi was born in Nagoya, Japan and currently resides in the UK. His carefully woven works will be on view from June 22nd to 29th at artifact in Chelsea Harbor, and a larger collection of his pieces can be found at Artistic and hunted species.
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