Hiroyuki Hamada’s work bridges the contrasting conceptions of the industrial and the organic through his minimal yet highly complex process of painting, digging and drilling.”Rubbing resins, wax, and pigment into smoothed and sanded layers of plaster, Mr. Hamada transforms basic construction materials into something swelling with spirit and consciousness.” (quoted from Janet Goleas article, “Biddhist Pillow? Bayer Asprin”).
I am fascinated by the graphic implications that live inside each piece. Hamada’s palate choice balances the intricate and mathematical repetition with noninvasive earth tones, that allow the viewer to examine each piece time and time again, perhaps reaching a different end each time.
I’ve been working with plaster for the past 13 years or so. Initially I used it to mix with my paintings. As my paintings got thicker and more object-like, I started stretching burlap on wood panels and wood boxes to coat them with plaster before I painted on them. After a while, they started to take irregular shapes and they became more like sculptures on the wall,” said Hamada when interviewed by Spray Blog.