Monolith (blue)

Piece description from the artist

Firstly I was inspired by Stanley Kubrick's film, "2001" when I was a teenager. I had been wondering how I could digest the film and represent it as artwork.

After considering and exploring the ways to represent I realized I was far away from the film itself. Paintings almost ignored the contents of 2001, and Monolith began to say matters around me.

These experiences were pretty rare but interesting and important to me. Then I continue to create the paintings in which Monolith appears.

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About Hirotaka Suzuki

Pomona, CA
Perhaps I am painting the cruelty of contemporary life because it is in opposition to my naïve outlook. In contrast with the physical features of my paintings, I think I am visualizing my feeling of anxiety in contemporary life. Though I do not think I am fully aware of the relationship between this cruelty and my anxiety, I represent this unsure feeling as figuratively as possible, and I am trying to figure it out in my painting. Although there are some prominent aspects of our contemporary world, such as commercialism and materialism, I cannot say who my enemy is. Some of the threats might involve the art world, however to protest such issues overtly does not suit my personal outlook. We cannot live in a developed society unless depend on its complex social rule. Following the rules and social values provides us stability. However, each of us creates exceptions, unstable rules and changeable standards. These double phases never unite, and I do not think they should be. I am really interested in these dilemmas and focus on these realities actually. This ambiguity may be my starting place and the reason I engage cruelty in my artwork. There does not appear to be a universal justice or evil in the present world. We need a grayer position in order to stay peaceful. In other words, I believe the dilemma of today’s morality, which is different from that of yesterday am, surely has helped develop my insight. Thus, my message cannot be a negation or an affirmation. My attitude in my artwork is a reflection of what the contemporary world is to me; my painting is my introspective confession. I believe I am making right artwork.
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