The work of Takashi Hilferink explores the impact of man on the environment with a focus on disaster imagery featuring thermographic images of humans performing daily rituals.
Creating narrative space for the viewer to navigate their personal reactions is at the core of Hilferink’s work. Magic realism provides the framework for Hilferink to present juxtapositions that ask us to consider loss, exceptionalism and the world at large. With a high level of realist precision in his painting technique, and a curious mind to explore the ensuing juxtaposition, we find figures bathing, washing their laundry, and at play amidst the aftermath of a hurricane, or in the shadow of a sinister power plant. Hilferink is a Toronto based artist and holds a BFA with Honours from York University.