Hana Tobari: “Immanence”
Loko Gallery presents sculpture artist, Hana Tobari’s solo exhibition “Immanence.” A Tama Art University BFA graduate of 2016 (her graduation work FORCE was selected Excellent Work in 2016) and MA graduate of 2018 with top honors, the upcoming artist has gained positive reviews ever since. She currently works at a shared studio in Kawaguchi, Saitama.
Tobari’s sculpture is realized by burning metal rod in flame which heats up to 3,000 degrees, combining flammable gas (acetylene gas) and oxygen until the rod liquefies. The metal drop glows in red while the burner sparks while the artist works carefully not to let it fall, which creates a highly tense scene. The confrontment of the artist and the material continues for several years, which eventuates as a mass that weighs nearly 400 kilograms, literally wrapping around the artist’s body.
Metal could be liquified, bent, distorted, and rust. It may apparently seem as if the artist is taking control over the material to create whatever she aims for. But for Tobari, who struggles with metal while tending not to force her artistic intentions to it, her recent interest is towards the form brought from the conflict of the material and her tendency.
At this exhibition, the gallery will showcase her massive sculpture works along with drawings made from metal powder which derived from the creation process. Although the size and form of her works vary, there is consistency in which the works are completed by Tobari’s repetitive subtle actions – a metaphor of the smallest unit’s life phenomenon, which continues from birth to annihilation.