19-29 May, opening Saturday 21 May, 2-5pm

Japanese sculptor Takahiko Sugawara has been based in Melbourne since 2012, for Repetitive Nature, his second exhibition with Tinning Street he will be presenting select cut wood sculptures and one major work; nearing the length of the gallery, and made entirely from matchsticks. Sugawara makes use of simple geometric forms, which he repeats en masse to form intricate large-scale sculptures. The organic hand-building of individual structural layers brings an entrancing tactile quality to the potentially austere sculptures.


Sugawara’s use of repetition, form, and discipline are rooted in his teenage years where he was in Japan’s number one high school marching band. The band practiced for six hours a day, every day, walking in formation, making lines and shapes whilst playing their instruments.

Tinning Street is located at 5/29 Tinning Street, Brunswick, Victoria, Australia, Brunswick, VIC 3056