I am sure most people will be familiar with balloon twisting. You know, the thing that the clown guy does at some children party? Yeah, that. Like, who would have thought balloon twisting could be an art? I, for one, never, until I saw Masayoshi Matsumoto’s work of art. Mind you, though, Matsumoto’s balloon twisting isn’t the typical sausage-looking swords and poodle dogs. They are pretty damn complex creatures from the animal kingdom. It is incredible as it is surreal that those longish balloons could be manipulated and twisted into animals with so much details in them.
The results are creatures like tree-swinging monkey, beetle, caterpillar, and winged ant – just to pick out a few. But I have to be honest, while impressed, I am somehow disturbed by some pieces. Some of the balloon sculptures gave me the goosebumps. Perhaps, I did have a variant of tryphobia? Some words of warning though: do not Google for this word cos’ you may regret it! Considered yourself warned! Anywho, when asked if he did plan each work, Matsumoto commented that he actually worked intuitively. In other words, he go by feel and just keep going from there.
And it is no easy task too with each piece sometimes taking up to 6 hours to complete. Well, Masayoshi Matsumoto, we salute you for the skills and dedication in this quirky art form. Masayoshi Matsumoto’s balloon art is similar to Brett Kern Ceramics, except that Matsumoto uses real balloon, not ceramics. Both are equally awesome, but like I said, a few of them (like the fish that looks like it is made out of brain) and the caterpillar, did induce goosebumps in me. But that’s just me. You can admire more of the artist’s works on his Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram page.
Images: Masayoshi Matsumoto.