Although New York-based artist Shigeno Ichimura's intricately patterned mixed-media creations look like they were produced mechanically, each individual dot of paint was in fact squeezed out by the artist's own hands in a meticulous, exacting process. The dots, painted one-by-one with systemic regularity, are arranged into circular, repeating designs that become a part of larger motifs on the monochromatic canvas.
According to Ichimura, the dots that make up his pieces are a physical manifestation of his exploration of his own individuality and the conflict between isolation and community. The small dots also represent the inescapable passage of time, with each point marking the ticking of a clock as well as Ichimura's own heartbeat.
“My works begin with one small dot, squeezed out by hand onto canvas,” says the artist. “One small dot evokes many others, finally forming a group, a gathering that seems to have purpose. Each small dot works together with the rest, calling out to the others, reaffirming both its isolation and its place in the group. For me, it all begins with a single dot.”
Ichimura's works will be on display at his solo exhibition Intimate Relativity 2 at Base Gallery in Tokyo through October 17, 2014.