Six Questions

Six Questions: Hidetaka Suzuki

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Hidetaka Suzuki

Artist Hidetaka Suzuki
Lives in Tokyo, Japan

How do you describe your own art practice?

Through my paintings, I attempt to prolong the life of images being consumed. In the mass flow of images, some are worth stopping and thinking about what they are. I want to be able to remember there was a human activity, even if those images eventually all disappear.

Hidetaka Suzuki
Absence of both
Installation View
Second 2.,Tokyo

Which question or theme is central in your work?

The reality we can find in the fiction, the fiction within the reality. Something that lies between fiction and reality but belongs to neither.
In my opinion, art is the product of human beings trying to hide, make sense of, or forcibly accept their inherent absurdity.
I would like to affirm the absurdity of not being on either side.

Hidetaka Suzuki
After the festival, 2020
oil on canvas
242×333 mm

What was your first experience with art?

A painting by Claude Monet, which I saw in my high school days.
At that time, I loved taking pictures of the sky with my cell phone camera, while feeling that there was something the pictures could not capture.
I remember thinking that Monet’s paintings depicted that something.

Hidetaka Suzuki
"Template, 2020
oil on canvas
727×910 mm

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

The small discomfort of everyday life.

Hidetaka Suzuki
Installation View
ZEIT-FOTO kunitachi, Tokyo

What do you need in order to create your work?

Integrity, passion, resentment.

Hidetaka Suzuki
"Naming rule, 2021
oil on canvas
910×727 mm

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

Shannon Cartier Lucy. I sympathize with her attitude of objectively looking at the insanity that lurks in everyone.

Hidetaka Suzuki
Marker, 2021
oil on canvas
1620×1303 mm

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Tique | publication on contemporary art #3: Six Questions