Hasegawa creates real to life three-dimensional works using pencil and paper. With the theme of ‘weapons’ pistols and automatic rifles are displayed as if they are in a gun shop. Get up close to the artworks to see that the shading is achieved using lead pencil on paper. One of the attractions of these works is that they look both three-dimensional and also like a flat picture.
The insides are hollow so the serious atmosphere associated with them being weapons is only superficial. If you imagine crushing them you realize that they would smash into pieces in one go. Because the fragility of Hasegawa’s artwork it is fleeting one cannot help but feel affection for it.
Dust before the wind
Pencil and colored pencil on paper,
velvet, stainless steel, wood panel
16 1/8×7 1/2×10 3/8 inches (41×19×26.5 cm)
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