A happy remix of plastic model parts to piece together a very cool looking mask! From Hiroki Tsukuda’s "Visionary Sensibility" exhibition right now at Tokyo's NANZUKA UNDERGROUND.

Hiroki Tsukuda’s Mask Fiction

Written by

Born in 1978, Hiroki Tsukuda spent his early years watching Sci-Fi movies. This seems to have shaped his artistic career with a futuristic atmosphere – as you can see in his cool masks and graphic collages. PingMag visited Tsukuda’s two solo exhibitions currently in E20-017 Tokyo, at Diesel Denim Gallery in Aoyama and Nanzuka Underground in Shibuya, and talked to him about his futuristic vision – and why he likes Max Ernst.

Written by Chiemi
Translated by Natsumi Yamane

You actually graduated with a degree in film, but many of your current works are drawings and collages. What made you focus on that?

I’ve always loved to create drawings, so I studied design on my own after graduating from the video department. That was around 2002, when graphic art was really popular and many works from overseas, such as Rostarr and Kaws, had just reached Japan, and became a huge influence for me. After that, I called myself a graphic designer and presented drawings in a street art style. And as graphic T-shirts were popular, I 00M-502 got a lot of work from the apparel industry.


’Baywatch’ beauty transformed: Hiroki Tsukuda’s “Statue of Liberty Leading the People” exhibited at Diesel Denim Gallery.

Post-war gruesomeness: Hiroki Tsukuda’s “1946″ exhibited at Diesel Denim Gallery.

So your output went along with the trends….

That might be very true. (laughs) But at the same time, I was more motivated to create permanent works rather than expendables, and I slowly began realising the limitations of the design world. After my exhibition in 2004, I was looking for the next venue and found Nanzuka Underground (NUG), which had just been established. The owner, Nanzuka, suggested that I start to work more as a visual artist, and I have been concentrating on art ever since then.


Another war reference: Hiroki Tsukuda’s “Guernica” exhibited at Diesel Denim Gallery.

Hiroki Tsukuda’s “The Meeting of Witches” exhibited at Diesel Denim Gallery.

I see, your encounter with NUG was a turning point. What is the theme of your current NUG exhibition, “Visionary Sensibility”?

The term “Visionary Sensibility” comes from a book by German surrealist artist Max Ernst. Ernst produced collage works in large numbers and at one point, I realised that his way of getting inspiration, by seeing an object and imagining a totally different thing was quite similar to my way of creating. The title stands for representing works that were created from seeing an unrelated vision and works with the ability to make people see a different vision.

When we take a look at these works, I had the impression that there might be a story of some sort from the very beginning….

I don’t start a picture by making a story first. Instead, I play around with shapes, and then come up with a story after seeing the picture gradually come to life:

“Down the Mountain” exhibited at Nanzuka Underground.

For instance, the story I made for this work [shown above] is about a drunken man falling asleep in a taxi, and the driver leaves the sleeping man behind at the top of an unknown mountain. He starts to explore the area but it is dangerous at night, so he decides to spend the night there. And when he comes down the mountain in the morning, he meets these characters…. People often say that my works look ‘futuristic’ or ‘resemble something out of a science fiction work,’ but I have never been too conscious of that. I’m just from the generation who grew up watching Star Wars amongst other things, that’s probably why I like this kind of style.


Trying to show the panorama of imaginative religious history: “The One” exhibited at Diesel Denim Gallery.

I think the real future might actually be quite boring, while our image of future filled with high-tech gadgets and flying cars might already be an illusion itself. Even if the technology for a flying car was invented, I wonder if it would actually be put to practical use, as there is the issue of legislation and moreover, it’s dangerous… (laughs) But I always loved the future as a fantasy.

How about your work process: Your collage works seem to be quite differentiated….

I scan the parts I have drawn before and import the data to deconstruct them further, then I mix them with photo collages and add hand-drawn elements in the process. This work [on the left] is actually an oil painting based on the original data that was produced that way.

The masks in some of your drawings look similar to the 3D works displayed at the exhibition. Have you ever wanted to turn the whole of your collage drawings into 3D objects?

Certainly. There is no difference in the process of making drawings and three-dimensional works – but I use pictures of things that I actually can’t obtain, so… turning drawings into models would be quite difficult….

Wow, a robot mask! From the Nanzuka Underground exhibition.

Finally, what are your future plans?

I would like to improve my painting technique. Also, I want to create bigger three-dimensional works. I’m quite good at making geometric works, so an exhibition of large rocks with such patterns would be nice too.


Inside the exhibition at Diesel Denim Gallery.

Deer with mask, at Diesel Denim Gallery.

Any final words for people who are going to see your exhibits?

People often suggest “It’s about a future war, isn’t it?” But it would be nice if they would rather not see it as that – there usually tend to be silly stories in my mind, you see. (laughs) And of course feedback on people’s thoughts after seeing my works would be appreciated.

Hiroki, thank you very much today!

Right now, Hiroki Tsukuda has two simultaneous exhibitions in Tokyo, so don’t miss them!


The artist, Hiroki Tsukuda, wearing one of his original masks. Ha!

“Visionary Sensibility” exhibition
Location: Nanzuka Underground, Shibuya.
Date: September 15th – October 14th, 2007.

“doctrine” exhibition
Location: Diesel Denim Gallery, Aoyama.
Date: September 4th – November 18th, 2007.

  • Ike

    I love it.

  • http://www.dendoo.wordpress.com dendoo

    I LOve how people can take one object and create and be known for that. It gives them a style. Who knew masks could be so cool?

  • http://www.noisestudio.com noise

    thats cool, really.

  • http://www.hdrjapan.com Okinawa

    Nice stuff!

  • http://www.azurgonzalez.com azur

    Really cool, i love your website!

  • http://akai.asoboo.com Akai

    Wow! This is really weird lol
    The robot mask remembers me of the ‘Transformers’ movie.
    I wonder how he makes them with so many perfect details…

  • http://http:www.bittenbydesign.com bittenbydesign

    I just love the two masks. Sci-Fi meets modern riot police!

    Definitely interesting style of art.

  • Pingback: Convergence » links for 2007-09-19

  • Anonymous

    gundam parts. ping!

  • http://redmarker.com Guillermo Rivero

    Amazing stuff. I’m stoked, his work is great. Is there any online place where you can buy his stuff?
    Keep it real.
    Pinging from Mexico
    cheers

  • http://www.mustashrik.blogspot.com Mush

    He is a brilliant creative/designer

  • http://www.volny.cz/tramad0l/ qwe

    Hi all!

  • http://show-cock.fw.bz/bush/ass-from-her-mouth.html Roo

    Oh maaan! Thx for work!u

  • Martha

    It´s really stupid

  • Pingback: Riceplate » : Art & Design

  • Erick

    Agree with Roo. A guy takes an item and makes pretty ordinary looking renditions of it, and Japanophiles swarm around it to say Oh Wow. Get over it, dolts. Or wait until I come out with my line of toe potraits or belt-buckle pornography (or wait, has this been done already)? Losers.

  • miss lydz

    those masks r creepy

  • Jesus!

    All of this things are great. And Erick, if you exposed,lets say, a hog, to, lets say, a song by The Beatles, or a Mozart Sonata, you wouldnt expect the hog to appreciate it as it would only hear some kind of weird noise. Im saying this is the wrong place for you my friend.

  • Gabriele Gabba

    KICK ASS!!!

  • http://www.ebrandwatches.com men watches online

    Your article very interesting, I have introduced a lot of friends look at this article, the content of the articles there will be a lot of attractive peopsgdsbm4574le to appreciate, I have to thank you such an article.

  • http://planmybaby.nivekleads.com plan baby boy

    Great web page easy to navigate and good source of information:)

  • http://www.raisearabbit.com raising rabbits

    I look to expand my raising rabbits knowledge.

  • http://www.howtocurechildrensyeastinfection.com/ Children Yeast Infection

    I was looking for a quick treatement for my child’s yeast infections and I stubbled upon this website. It offers natural cures, as well as over the counter medication, great website.

  • Create Profitable Niche Market.

    interesting site, looks cool,some good stuff on it, keep up the good work.

  • http://buydoctor.info innovative healthcare

    Thanks for the information about this topic.

  • http://www.yourpersonaldevelopmentandsuccess.com/ personal development

    I like your way of thinking. Personal development and its many forms are really close to my heart. I also believe in getting different points of view on this subject to really broaden my thinking.

  • http://www.thedietsolutionbyisabel.com/ the diet | Isabel Los Rios

    Great blog with interesting content. I have bookmarked and will return. Have a Great Day!

  • http://www.jmgreenproducts.com Green Products for saving energy.

    Glad to see your site and best of luck in the future. I am also interested in the concept of green energy and solutions for better living in a greener world. Please check out my site.

  • http://massprofitformula.wazupublishing.com/ free website traffice

    Your blog contains many interesting topics which I have enjoyed. It will be source of very important and interesting education for many years. What I was most interested in is how to get free traffic to my blogs with very little effort.

  • http://myweb-traffic.com Definition Strategy

    I am sure my visitors appreciate the information about this blog.

  • http://yourfreecabletv.com Affiliate Marketing Reviews

    Your comments about the quake and resultant side show was on target. Thank you.

  • http://treatmentsofprostatecancer.com Affiliate Marketing Reviews

    are going to resign because of the phone hacking scandal!

  • http://nationwidebarns.com Affiliate Marketing Reviews

    Let’s face it, These comments about Ladies favoring pologamy is getting out of hand.

  • http://www.heyycanli.com goruntulu sohbet

    süper site

  • http://www.stepstoplayingsoccer.com Soccer

    If u like soccer visit us!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://newhotproductshere.blogspot.com/ Free Facebook Like’s

    Here you find a way to promote your blog with facebook like’s

  • http://janisdigitalmedia.com Video Production NJ

    Mr. Potato Head and Darth Vader in white!

  • http://srahomeproducts.com Pergola Construction

    Scary permutations, really.

  • http://janisproductions.net Wedding Video Philadelphia

    Too much robots but it’s all good artwork!

  • http://kandjfence.com Fence Philadelphia

    Disturbing, but it works! Cool stuff dude!

  • http://www.heyycanli.com goruntulu sohbet

    simdi basla buraya gel sohbet et kalk git gel gor

  • http://myweb-traffic.com/ advertising

    Please give More information on these topics

  • http://www.marketingstrategytemplate.info/ Marketing Strategy Template

    I have never seen it from that perspective. Luckily there are a couple of techniques to do things. I always like to undertsand a new means of looking at it. Thanks for the information.

  • http://www.examplesviralmarketing.net/ Examples Viral Marketing

    I have never seen it from that perspective. Luckily there are multiple ways to do things. I always like to undertsand a new means of looking at it. Thanks for the information.

  • http://www.skinnyguymusclegain.com/ Skinny Guy Muscle Gain

    I am a giant fan of foreign exchange and finance so I find this topic very interesting. I always like to undertsand a brand new method of looking at it. Thanks for the information.

  • http://www.healthnaturalproductsdatabase.com/ Natural Products Database

    Interesting information. I am joyful to search out this post as a result of I’m interested within the topic.

  • http://insurance.connybrookus.com Car Insurance

    Virtually,

  • http://mightysolos.info Get 125.000 visitors Free with Mighty Solos

    here you have 125.000 visitors free with Mighty Solos

  • http://perfectpitchrecognition.com Perfect Pitch Recognition

    I really would like to learn more information about your business, what is it and why is it important.

  • http://www.allfailure.com All Failure

    Good article and thanks

  • http://www.happyseasons.gr Χριστουγεννιατικα στολιδια

    Χριστουγεννιατικα στολιδια,Χριστουγεννιατικα δεντρα,ειδη,xristougenniatika

  • Stress Management

    Stress Management Products and Services

  • http://www.happyseasons.gr χριστουγεννιατικα δεντρα

    χριστουγεννιατικα δεντρα,χριστουγεννιατικα στολιδια

  • http://www.fashionlouboutinsale.com/ christian louboutin

    Very Nice! makes me remind the coloured performance of the early pink floyd!

  • http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=184787108272947 Black Friday PowerShot A3307

    Very good for what you say. How do I track a new look next time.

  • http://www.blackfridaykdl55nx810.com Black Friday Kdl55Nx810

    It good article.

  • http://www.blackfridaykdl55nx810.com Black Friday Sony Kdl55Nx810

    Nice for me

  • http://www.blackfridaykdl55nx810.com Black Friday Kdl55Nx810

    It good article. Black Friday Kdl55Nx810

  • http://www.blackfridaykdl55nx810.com Black Friday Sony Kdl55Nx810

    Nice for me Black Friday Sony Kdl55Nx810

  • http://forokindle.com Kindle

    Very Good content. Its excellent for design world and Japan.

  • http://www.myturkchat.com sohbet

    More information on these topics

  • http://www.msbrafit.com professional bra fitting

    Thanks for the interesting post. I swear, you learn something new every day.

  • http://www.classificados.katavendo.com.br Kata-Vendo – Bons ventos para seus neg�cios

    anuncio, anuncios, anuncie, anunciar, classificado, classificados, classificados gratis, anuncios classificados gratis, imovel, imoveis, autos, automoveis, automovel, veiculos, carros, motos, celulares, video-games, computadores, dominios, cameras digitais, livros, quadinhos, revistas, cds, cd, dvds, DVD, hd, informatica, eletro-eletronicos, eletronicos, audio, video, decoracao, joias, relogios, esportes, lazer, negocios, filmadoras, videos, selos, moedas, ferramentas, antiguidades, raridades, oportunidades, promocoes, empregos, curriculos, servicos, artigos esportivos, empresas, produtos, vestuario, revistas, Sao Paulo, sp, Rio de Janeiro, rj, parana, pr, classificados, katavendo, kata-vendo, catavendo, cata-vendo, an�ncios, gr�tis, gratuitos, gratuitamente, empregos, oportunidades, comprar, vender.

  • http://www.cellphoneaccessoriesv.com Cell Phone Accessories

    I saw this really good post today.

  • http://www.katavendo.com.br Kata-Vendo – Bons ventos para seus neg�cios

    Anuncie no Katavendo e usufrua DE TODOS OS BENEFICIOS OFERECIDOS, NO KATAVENDO voce encontra: anuncio, anuncios, anuncie, anunciar, classificado, classificados, classificados gratis, anuncios classificados gratis, imovel, imoveis, autos, automoveis, automovel, veiculos, carros, motos, celulares, video-games, computadores, dominios, cameras digitais, livros, quadinhos, revistas, cds, cd, dvds, DVD, hd, informatica, eletro-eletronicos, eletronicos, audio, video, decoracao, joias, relogios, esportes, lazer, negocios, filmadoras, videos, selos, moedas, ferramentas, antiguidades, raridades, oportunidades, promocoes, empregos, curriculos, servicos, artigos esportivos, empresas, produtos, vestuario, revistas, Sao Paulo, sp, Rio de Janeiro, rj, parana, pr, classificados, katavendo, kata-vendo, catavendo, cata-vendo, an�ncios, gr�tis, gratuitos, gratuitamente, empregos, oportunidades, comprar, vender.

  • http://sonynwzwalkman.info technology

    Check out our Cyber Monday deals on everything from cell phones with service to no-contract phones, unlocked phones, Bluetooth headsets, cases, chargers, and more

  • http://watchestimex.com Timex Watches

    Timex Watch Battery

  • http://mycreatingblog.wordpress.com newyearsaleusa

    It’s nice thank you for sharing.

  • http://saverhostgatorcouponscode.blogspot.com/ hostgatorcoupons

    It’s great thank you.

  • car insurance for 1 day

    A few weeks ago my family and I went on vacation and had to rent a car. When at the car rental counter we were asked if we wanted to buy one day car insurance. Not knowing what 1 day car insurance was at the time time we figured we better be safe then sorry. So of course we did.

  • http://www.dietandeating.com/ diet and fitness

    its a nice and interesting post, congratulations and happy holidays!

  • http://www.helpway-donations24.org/forum.php For free Advertising

    Free link, text and banner advertising.

  • http://www.buycheapvacuumcleanersonline.com buy cheap vacuum cleaners online

    Lorèm Ipsum dolor chita ame, anile reply. Ou tanpri e-dèy. Nou toujou, tankou plis plis plis isit la lide sou ide li yo, pa Teyorèm ou an oswa pi plis. Posted pous

  • washington dc sightseeing tours

    Great post. Keep them coming. Washington DC Sightseeing Tours.

  • http://illslickfc.blogspot.com illslick

    Thanks for this post. It is very useful. I hope you will write an article. This issue again.

  • http://www.stopitnow.gr ηλεκτρονικο τσιγαρο

    Online store Stopitnow Ego-T

  • http://www.titaniumvisa.net titanium visa

    This info is great!

  • http://www.temple-jewellery.com Costume Jewellery

    This piece of information is a gem for me, very helpful, really a great piece of writing, thanks for the effort made, really impressed.

  • http://www.decorcraftservices.co.uk Painting and Decorating

    If you are seeking a well-seasoned group of veteran painting and decorating professionals in the London area, your search is finally over when you discover the greatness of DecorCraft Services. With over 50% of our customers coming from the good works they tell others about, the clean and expert atmosphere that our professional crew of painting and decorating professionals will bring is phenomenal. We are respectful and complete every assignment that we are given in the most accurate and timeliest of fashions, and take into account the budget that you may have set for the project.

  • http://www.stopitnow.gr ηλεκτρονικο τσιγαρο

    hlektroniko tsigaro

  • http://www.stopitnow.gr ηλεκτρονικο τσιγαρο

    Interisting information