YOKOTA TOKYO is pleased to present an exhibition of Hiroshi Tomura's “Pythagorean Square.”
After studying under the prominent designer Sori Yanagi at the YANAGI DESIGN, Tomura has consistently produced geometric works as an artist since around the 1960s.
His representative works, such as the Move Form and CUBE series, are based on a rigorous pursuit of geometric principles, while at the same time sometimes expanding the principles themselves through color, touch, and sense of humor.
In this exhibition, he presents a new body of work that freely evolves from triangles to squares, from planes to solids, and back again to planes, based on the theme of "Pythagorean Theorem."
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The Declaration of Independence of the Pythagorean Squares
My mother told me a story about when I was still a toddler: my older brother by three years, my older sister by a year, and I were hospitalized in Tianjin or Jinan after contracting typhoid fever, which was raging at the time. My mother, who nursed us without sleep, told me about the tense atmosphere in the hospital ward. One mother lost her child while she was absorbed into a doze, exhausted from nursing him…
Early repatriation to Japan, air raids, evacuation, annual typhoons, and occasional earthquakes.
I am alive today owing to the support by neighbors and by the love of my parents. I have also lived and grown by the support of a great existence like time and space, which may be coincidental.
I stopped making art of what was in front of me after my last plaster sketch before I turned 20 years old. This was not to say that I had turned backward.
I am moving forward, following the things extracted from the mysterious time-space zone, as if I am being pushed out of it.
Now, for some reason, Pythagoras.
Hiroshi Tomura, 2020