I have often spoken of surrealism on Inspire We Trust but usually not reported to the sculpture but the illustration. The Japanese artist Yoshitoshi Kanemaki manufactures wood sculptures, even at full size, exploring movement and the mixed emotions that every day human beings should handle.
This month is particularly dedicated to Japan (started talking about the Nipponbashi) I'm going to continue to write again and introduced artists representing emotions and traditions of a people.
After speaking of illustrator Jun Kumaori, which tells the melancholy, it is the turn of Yoshitoshi Kanemaki sculptor who uses wood as a medium of expression for his reflections on man and his constant contradictions.
His sculptures are downright bizarre but as it should be, hide a deep sense of attention to man and his relationship with the movement.
The sense of movement is always one of the issues that concern art, always sculptors try to animate the static matter, the closest example is certainly Michelangelo Buonarroti that, in a fit of insane despair, hitting the Moses knee with a hammer screamed “Why don't you speak!?“.
It is very likely that it is a legend, rather than reality, but it's definitely the closest example to explain the inner frenzy who makes sculpture and lives in symbiosis with his work.
"I am trying to stimulate people living in this time to pay attention to the significance of being "alive" and "human". I think that asking that question is more important than answering it.
I hope my work will be a stimulus to ask that question"
This is the thinking that animates the sculpture of Yoshitoshi Kanemaki.
In fact the movement and change are central themes of many of his sculptures that actually appear as mythological gods with one body and more heads, more faces and more expressions that simulate the change of man, its mutation of feeling and the time changing.
On his Behance page you can see all the phases of his works, I suggest you explore his page and discover the secrets of his art.