Slam recently caught up with Yokohama born artist Hiroyasu Tsuri, who now resides in Melbourne where he is known as ‘Twoone’ (or ‘Two’).  ‘1000 Cans’ is Twoone’s remarkable new exhibition currently on show at Bus Gallery. 1000 discarded aerosol cans, merticulously hand painted over a solitary 18 month period that Twone describes as an exercise in "mental training". Inspired by the Japanese legend of Sadako Sasaki and the 1000 paper cranes, each can is a meditative trip into Twone’s world of dark animal fables and languidly dripping human forms.

As well as a daily diary of his own intimate development as an artist, the show is a collection of Melbourne street art’s material history. Many of the used aerosols have been donated by fellow Melboune artists and saved from landfill, making the show a living example of artistic renewal in a deteriorating world.

1000 cans will be soon travelling to Sydney’s Global Gallery before detouring to Japan. More after the jump.


So, why 1000? Did you always plan to go this far?

Idea of Number 1000 is inspired by the Japanese story of Sadako Sasaki and 1000 paper cranes. Its a story of a girl who suffered a disease from the

Hiroshima bomb, and was told that if she created 1,000 cranes she would be granted a wish. I don’t want to be too political with my work but I think story is very important in art and design and this is one of inportant story for people to think about.


Is there a narrative, intended or otherwise, that emerges from your cans?

Most of images on my cans are scenes from my dreams and myths that I heard as a child. The collection over time has very much become a overall representative of the world

which I visit in my dream. Each piece is another part of the picture.


Are you a collector? Outside of the cans collected for this exhibition, do you collect any other found objects?

Most of cans are the cans that I actually used or donated by my friends who are other Australian artists such as Everfresh crew, Bonsai Aeon, Gans, and Radio.

I collect cool found object, like old suit case, nice wood and frames.


What drives people to collect the debris of their day to day life?

I think it’s similar reason as why people keep photos. They become a key for one of memory box in peoples mind, sometime debris bring you back more information from your

mind than photo does.  That ’s because photo is only one second cut off from your life. But debris might hold more history for a person. When I looking at one of my painted can, I actually remember what I was doing when I was painting that can.


People may make generalisations about your art based on your Japanese heritage. Some motifs from your work, such as your goldfish, may have a traditional,

meditative Japanese feel to them. Would you describe your work as ‘Japanese’ in any way, and if so, how?

Umm. I don’t really categorize my self,  Because generalization and categorization may limit my self when you can do whatever you can do, and make something new. But I am inspired by Old Japanese ink painting, pottery, and sculptures, so if people see my work as Japanese that is natural too..


Over the past 18 months spent completing this work, how have you changed as an artist?

I feel more confident to show most of my work. I have developed a strong discipline and method to work and I’ve also developed my style. You can see this when you compare can number 1 with can number 1,000.

How will you feel when these cans are no longer part of your daily  life? Will you miss them?

Yes I kind of miss them. But at the same time, I do draw and paint everyday anyways, so It’s changed materials and sizes, I still do same things which made them a reality.

Thanks Twoone!