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林茂樹 Shigeki
Hayashi
Shigeki
Hayashi

Shigeki
Hayashi
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  • 1972 Born in Gifu Prefecture, Japan
  • 1995 University of Shizuoka, BA
  • 1997 Completes Ceramics Art and Science course at Tajimi Technical School
  • 01 Exhibitions More
  • 02 Awards More
  • 03 Public Collections More

About
the Artist
About
the Artist

What vision of the future holds Shigeki Hayashi (1972- ) Perhaps it is a post-apocalyptic Japan where machine and man are entwined as one. Far more intriguing, however, is the question his works ultimately impose on its viewer: where does fine art end and craft begin? Is such a vivid divide relevant in the 21st century? In the post-modern world of craftsmanship as ancillary to the supremacy of the concept, Hayashi’s works are testament to a new regime –
that contemporary art can not only be beautiful, but realised with the utmost skill and artistry. Inspired by the anime and manga of his youth, with an obsession for the plastic model kits of the 80’s, Hayashi’s works at first glance can be taken as a twee blend of Japanese sub-culture. This interpretation is prematurely superficial. For what makes Hayashi remarkable is that he creates his contemporary child forms by the delicate craft of porcelain slip-casting. His porcelain dolls are not simply literal manifestations of the future, but are elegantly crafted odes to porcelain itself. Like his slip-casting predecessors Sueharu Fukami and Shigekazu Nagae, Hayashi’s porcelain embodies a new paradigm – one in which art and craft are inseparable, with demarcations a matter of ontology rather than of reality.