Minoru Ohira uses wood in ways that make it seem like
a newly discovered material. Surfaces flicker from light
to dark--monochromatic or flecked with color, matte or
gleaming, bristling with texture or smoothly uninflected,
richly stained or overtly natural. Ohira, who remains true
to a deeply profound and primal notion of nature, is committed
to probing its capacity for beauty and revelation.
His work begins with the most elemental definition of
sculpture, relying on the simplest materials and methods.
His most interesting objects are made solely of wood--
carved, shaped, assembled, jointed, or fastened. Despite
the refinement and sophistication of his forms, they
conjure memories of basic things in the world, including
tools, shelters, and totemic objects; there is a sense that
they are not made up, but have always been present.
Beginning bw–2, 2003. Burned, cut, and chopped white oak on wood form, 26 x 32 x 28 in.