Suda Yoshihiro

JPN (1969).Lives and works in Tokyo.

2013. Carved and painted wood. Variable dimensions

The nature of the environment where his works are exhibited is vital to Yoshihiro Suda’s creativity. The hyperrealist sculptures meticulously carved in wood are interventions, subtle additions to a space or setting, to the point that the sculpture is only half of the work of art—the other half is the installation itself. In this sense, the element of surprise is fundamental to this Japanese artist’s work.

Visitors will initially wonder if they have missed something when they see his delicate sculptures. The surprising realism of each demands closer inspection, despite the fact that the viewer may be aware that it is unlikely for plants to have sprung from the gallery’s walls. This toying with the boundaries between the real and the illusory creates a surrealistic feeling that can even border on sinister.

Suda developed his interest in carving plants as a student at the Tama Art University in Tokyo, in the early nineties. Conceptual art was at its peak, and the idea that art could be decorative or aesthetic was largely ignored. Concerned about this state of affairs, he sought to create unique works that, surprisingly, would demand no knowledge of contemporary art theory. He combines traditional Japanese carving with modern concepts aboabout the role of art in everyday life.