Yuichi Ikehata: A world of reality and non-reality

The ‘real’ world of Yuichi Ikehata is not just a ‘pure myth’, but rather a powerful reflection of the inner universe, a variety of human thoughts, emotions and memories.

His works are a fascinating exploration of the fragile boundaries that exist in a world of reality and non-reality, which are “very intimate, so it is not too much to say that they are almost one.”

Happiness and sadness, contrasting emotions or feelings that complete each other, all are fragments of a reality we share, which sometimes tends to become fictitious: “I collect the fragments, edit, arrange and capture them”.

 

Fragment of LTM 

The series is based on the concept of memory as fragmentation. According to the artist, due to “deterioration, intervention, and failure of searching”, memory is “on the way to oblivion”.

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Fragment of LTM4

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Fragment of LTM3

Fragment of LTM2

Fragment of LTM2

Fragment of LTM

Fragment of LTM

 

An Observer’s Report

In this series, the artist creates a fictitious character, “an observer, who wanders in that boundary of reality and fiction”.

“The relationship between reality and fiction is such an intimate one that it is not possible to distinguish between which is which at times, being that we place our reliance on one, while acknowledging the existence of the other”.

An Observer’s Report

An Observer’s Report 1_ No.18

An Observer’s Report

An Observer’s Report 1_ No.16

An Observer’s Report

An Observer’s Report 1_ No.10

All images © Yuichi Ikehata

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