AboutTakayuki Hara: Magic We Lost
Curated by Marek Wolynski
20 24 January 2014
Opening: Tuesday, 21 January 2014, 6:30pm
Unit24 Gallery is pleased to announce âMagic We Lost', Takayuki Hara's solo show at the European Parliament in Brussels. The exhibition is a collective display of drawings created in the last couple of years. The artist challenges viewers' imagination with painstakingly executed images where shapes come coincidentally and without restrictions. Instead of planning things he goes with the flow and expresses the versatile, tactile and intimate feeling that drawing with pencils may give. Hara travels through macro and micro world of nature, with a strong reference to myths and fairy tales, in which he believes that the nature defines and embraces the differences, rather than treating them unequally.
Takayuki Hara also draws inspiration from Wabi-Sabi, a Japanese aesthetic, which can be roughly translated as rustic beauty", and is centered on the idea of getting back to nature, acceptance of imperfection, simplicity, and intimacy since things are considered naturally beautiful. Wherefore qualities such as irregularity, intimacy, modesty, and worldliness play a vital role. Hara is drawn to wind, stone, rain, and openness of nature, which he seeks to mimic in his work, e.g. by creating the illusion of movement on the flat surface of paper. In his most recent drawings, however, Hara leaves that untamed world behind and enters hallucinatory imaginary realm. Phantasmagoric landscapes emerge in front of the viewer