After nearly a decade long hiatus from New York City, London based artist, Tomoaki Suzuki, is back with a brand new exhibition at Marc Jancou Contemporary–and although Suzuki’s return to the Apple is a grand occasion, the works on display are of a more Lilliputian nature.
Boasting a height of 22 inches (on average), Suzuki’s miniature sculptures are a result of the artist’s fascination with fashion, Western consumerism, and multiculturalism. The figures, which all have the own unique and highly realistic appearances, are said to be friends, friends of friends, and unsuspecting passerbys that he found while hanging out in front of his studio in London.
Each figure took anywhere from 15 to 20 sittings to complete. Suzuki described the process as “obsessive,” spending a total of 30 hours with a subject in an effort to capture every detail. Originally born in Ibaraki, Japan, Suzuki combines traditional Japanese woodcarving with contemporary portraiture, giving way to a quaint collection of familiar faces. The exhibition open November 8th, but will be showing at Marc Jancou Contemporary through December.
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