Miniature Calendar by Tatsuya Tanaka

Miniature Calendar by Tatsuya Tanaka

Tatsuya Tanaka. Maybe not a name you’ve heard before, but if you check out his art, you won’t soon forget him. His work is called “ Miniature Calendar. ”

This may seem like an unusual name for an art display, but it is surprisingly apropos. A small snapshot of joy, a moment of whimsical detachment, to get you through your daily life. “Tiny” is the key descriptor for Tanaka’s art. Rather than using two-dimensional media like paint or charcoal to capture something more dynamic, Tanaka’s work is formed from more tangible elements. With Tanaka, beauty is in the little things, whether it’s tiny animals and people navigating a broccoli-tree safari or a micro-business man devising the next grand idea inside a light bulb.

Instead of just pushing the boundaries of creativity, “Miniature Calendar” proves that there are no real boundaries!
Toilet paper? Art. Lettuce? Art. VHS tape? You guessed it: art.
While someone might see this and think of it as a cheapening of proper form, I firmly disagree. Tanaka proves that art is for everyone. He sees beauty all around him, in the most unusual things, and brings it to life, and his method can be applied to all aspects of life. Just like Mary Lou Cook said “Creativity is experimenting, growing, talking, risks, breaking rules, making mistakes & having fun.”

Look a little more closely

The point is that Tatsuya Tanaka takes the time to pay attention to the little things, and he turns them into so much more. Too many of us breeze through the day without stopping to look at the little things that make up our big world. Mostly when we see a Jenga stack, we see an incredibly frustrating and friendship-ruining game, not a tiny apartment complex under construction. Maybe you and I don’t need to worry about creating art.
You can leave that to gifted people like Tatsuya Tanaka or Monkey Republic. 😉
But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t stop to look a little more closely.

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Creativity is experimenting, growing, talking, risks, breaking rules, making mistakes & having fun.Mary Lou Cook

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