The work of Hiroyuki Hamada feels like a mystery. His large sculptural pieces are strange and surreal and yet there’s a familiar nature to them too. Above is a large white form which stands silently in an empty gallery. What could it be? A model for a futuristic housing complex perhaps? Maybe it’s a classic modernist drinks cabinet? Could it be a small part of a busted-up spaceship? The answer to these questions is an obvious no, and yet Hamada’s work seems to unavoidably prompts you to ask these types of questions. It draws you in, and despite their non-representational forms, it leaves you making endless associations and imagining wildly what they could be.
Born in Japan in the late 1960’s, Hamada moved to the US at the age of eighteen. The combined culture shock and the linguistic gap of this move saw Hamada turn to art, using it first as an outlet to adapt to his new life in America and soon developing it into a way to translate form and shape into beautifully expressive sculptures and paintings. Today he is a critically acclaimed artist with plenty of awards to his name and exhibitions that cover the length and breath of the country.
Made using a highly complex process, Hamada’s work often involves a variety of materials that includes everything from wax, resin and plaster to plastic and wood. Frequently finished in a striking white, his work is numbered rather than named, thus avoiding any connotation to what the forms could represent. His website offers a fantastic overview of his work and gives a wonderful insight into the beauty that he creates.