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Hiromi Akiyama

Shadow Dimension No. 13 A and B
© Hiromi Akiyama / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Hiromi Akiyama

Shadow-Dimension No. 13 A und B / Shadow Dimension No. 13 A and B, 1999

Granite, two-piece
130 × 50 × 50 cm

(AKIYA/S 1)

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Literature: Hiromi Akiyama. Sculpture and Shadow, Karlsruhe 1999, p. 28.f.,
Although Hiromi Akiyama becomes increasingly strict in his pictorial language in the late 1990s and approaches Concrete Art, he remains attached to the subjectivity of our perception in his minimalist play. The black granite pair "Shadow-Dimension No. 13 A and B" from 1999 seems like a positive next to a negative form, but it is a dualistic juxtaposition of two approximately identical sculptures. For the viewer, the deviations that naturally occur in the process are not visible, indeed, they can hardly be guessed at. In addition, the illusion of an exact, industrial production - which one might assume - is due to the manual perfection with which Akiyama goes to work. On closer inspection, a philosophical background increasingly gains the upper hand: on the one hand, the black polished inner surfaces, which are thus shrouded in darkness, absorb the light; on the other hand, the cuboid formations that open up in the lower parts take away the heaviness of the sculpture and promote a transparency that seeks a balance with the density of the stone. In addition, the empty spaces of the cuboids correspond with those of the cubic openings, which in turn take up the square base in dialogue.
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