The Hiroshima-born sculptor began working with glass over twenty years ago in Tokyo by pouring it over random objects he would find: kitchen appliances, furniture, road kill, pizza, "pretty much anything I saw and questioned." He developed a love for glass as an expressive medium by experimenting with the intense heat and its interraction with foreign objects; how it tends to consume everything and leave traces, sometimes only a hollow space where the object used to be.
Shintani uses the effects of nature as the ultimate inspiration for his works, traveling to places such as Puerto Rico and South America to find large, exotic, fantasy-sized leaves to use in his installations. His most recent exhibit is comprised of vine forms that are cast from twisted rods of wax, with light creating an effect of shadow drawings to complete the sculptural composition. Shintani stresses that his works are not so much about recreating nature as an experimentation of creating forms. Glass is used as a recording medium over which he "freezes" the objects in their physical state; a way in which he continues through his earlier work to capture "moments in time."
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