Odani Motohiko we are featuring in this text. Interested in capturing “the concepts of movement and transformation, dynamism and speed in sculpture”, according to his own words, Motohiko’s art pieces strike viewers with their eerie and almost surreal appearance.
Working with a variety of media, we shall, however, concentrate exclusively on one of his lines of creation, which fits our choice of aesthetics to which we want to remain faithful. Addressing philosophical issues and sculpture concepts not easily grasped by the majority of viewers, let us then solely focus our attention on his lighter-than-air, stunning, imaginative works which leave viewers breathless with wonder.
Curiously enough and quite like Kundera’s novel from which the title of this text has been borrowed, Motohiko’s sculptures defy the conventional image of weightiness generally associated with sculpture. The void of white forms of his “Phantom Limb” and “Hollow” sculptures, which seem to float in the air in a winding flow of energy and weightlessness, convey to viewers contradictory emotions, while also exuding an ethereal, uncommon and awesome beauty.
All in all, and leaving out all the deep complexities inherent to Odani Motohito’s works, they do convey to viewers ambiguous sensations in their oneiric and visually stunning beauty, challenging our concepts about the unbearable lightness of being.