taisuke mohri: cracked portraits
taisuke mohri: cracked portraits taisuke mohri: cracked portraits
aug 21, 2012

taisuke mohri: cracked portraits

‘cracked portrait #1’, 2012 by taisuke mohri pencil on paper/glass 100 x 72.8cm

taisuke mohri: cracked portraits frantic gallery, tokyo, japan august 31st to september 2nd, 2012

‘cracked portraits’ by japanese designer taisuke mohri are a series of detailed pencil artworks overlayed with a pane of cracked glass – known as the ‘material cracks’. the confronting work, to be shown at frantic gallery in tokyo, errs on the edge of something existent in reality and something imagined – offered only by the precise hyper-real workmanship – where the audience is asked to take a moment to understand and absorb what they are viewing.

the delicate pencil studies, often representing young boys or older men, are disrupted by severe veins of  fractured glass, helping the viewer to distinguish what is real and what is artificial. the portraits are reminiscent of a face behind a window on a rainy day, accented with moments in the image depicted by smeared pencil work. the work itself is a visual/psychotic inquiry into the unattainable dance of the sincere and illusive, confusing the ways we perceive the present and actuality.

‘cracked portrait #3′, 2012 pencil on paper/glass 100 x 72.8cm

detail image

detail image

‘cracked portrait #0‘, 2012 pencil on paper/glass 51 x 51cm

detail images of cracked portrait #0

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