The worldview in each drawing is chaotic and complex, yet it manages to pull you into its unrealistic sense of order. Horikawa's drawings remind me of stories from Black Water, an anthology of fantastic literature edited by Alberto Manguel. Manguel defines fantastic literature as a genre that "makes use of our everyday world as a facade through which the undefinable appears, hinting at the half-forgotten dreams of our imagination. Unlike tales of fantasy...fantastic literature deals with what can be best defined as the impossible seeping into the possible, what Wallace Stevens calls 'black water breaking into reality'." Black Water contains short story gems from authors as varied as Jean Cocteau, Tennessee Williams and Tanizaki Junichiro. Each story has an utterly surreal, but complete logic of its own.
Here are some of Horikawa's other recent drawings.
All images of work courtesy of Akira Horikawa