Transparent glass blown into the shape of a vessel is the best canvas to create my desired complicated and mysterious objects. By cutting holes into a thin surface of glass forms, which is a challenging process I aim to create fragile structures, a sculptural object.
After laboriously fine grinding and polishing all the edges of holes, the boundaries between void and transparent surface blurs and it creates an optical illusion.
My concerns are human experience, history and place. The presence of clear glass represents the remains from the past and the emergence of new beginnings. These significant events are defined by the forms, structure and meticulously cut holes. This symbolises how we disregard history, even though it is clear that the world is undergoing environmental changes. The derivative of living organisms develops a link between history, society and its environment.
Each vessel interrelates with history and human experience; they are the keepers of the past and present. Clear glass depicts the remains from the past that initiates the emergence of new beginnings.
The vessels thus carry the concept of mathematical existence of history that changes in biological organic developments sparking society’s evaluation on their actions.
Yusuke Takemura was born in Japan and currently lives and works in Australia. His innovative methods are a daring fusion of traditional technique with contemporary knowledge that he has developed to translate ideas concerning human experience, history and place.
Yusuke’s intriguing, poetic forms are subtle investigations of making the invisible world visible that belie the technical virtuoso of the artist.
He has been awarded several major prizes, most recently in 2011 The AusGlass Vicky Torr Memorial Prize, The AusGlass Sabbia Gallery Solo Exhibition Prize and shortlisted for the prestigious Ranamok Glass Prize.
35 x 34 x 30 cm
Judges of the 2014 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Lisa Havilah (Director of Carriageworks), Justin Miller (International Art Advisor and former Chairman of Sotheby's Australia) and Gretel Packer (Arts Patron and Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW).
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