Odani Motohiko’s Phantom Limb
Photos courtesy of Realtokyo.co.jp. Mori Art Museum
Photographer, videographer and sculptor Motohiko Odani has designed a series of elaborate carvings around the body and the flow of energy they emit.
The concept of qi has no equivalent in the West. In Chinese and Japanese culture, there is a distinction between both intangible and material, a subtle substance released from a coarser material. Its translation is given in the series of white sculptures installed at Hollow Forum. They interpret, their shapes, the aura, the physical presence and its ghosts. They transcend the dynamics of life, death and eroticism.
Apollo and Daphne transforms the body vegetation JellyFish evokes water in its depiction of a jellyfish whose body is 95% liquid … These works suggest a slow movement, a model of anti-gravity.
Breath, vital energy, ethereal vapor emerging from the body subjected to various sensory and spiritual emotions are at the heart of this research. The artist strives to represent the dynamics by capturing moments of pain or ecstasy by carving techniques and different materials. He sculpts cut by the meandering flow of energy, the weightless bodies subjected to physical and mental twists.
These white bodies emptied of air, the Hollow, remain as hollow shells. The exhibition space is flooded with emotions related to love or pain. Motohiko Odani offers an experience of awakening to new sensations.