Art@Site Yasuda Kan Ishinki

Yasuda Kan



Tokyo Midtown
Round, soft and habitable
This artwork has a round shape. The arc is long, the curving line is faint and almost flat at the top. Gradualy, carefully this line becomes a curved form. On one side the line has a narrow curve. There are no sharp edges, no fractures, no sudden transitions, as can be seen on stone from nature.
Ishinki by Yasuda Kan has a plain colour, from nearby this natural stone is almost homogeneous, it appears to be transparent. It looks like made of soft down, but it turns out to be very hard. There are no black or red colours, such as another piece of natural stone might have.
This piece has a round niche. You could think that this is a cave, it almost feels like place to rest.
Yasuda Kan knows how to make with stone it's opposite; to create a smooth, soft, and habitable shape.
By Theo,

Rond, zacht en bewoonbaar
Dit kunstwerk heeft ronde vormen. De ronding is een ellelange, bijna vlakke, flauw buigende lijn aan de bovenzijde. Gelijkelijk aan, heel voorzichtig gaat deze lijn over in een gebogen lijn. Op een enkele plek heeft de lijn iets van een spitsvormige ronding. Er zijn geen scherpe hoeken, geen breukvlakken, geen plotselinge overgangen zoals je bij een stuk natuursteen kunt zien.
Ishinki van Yasuda Kan heeft een egale kleur, van dichtbij blijkt het natuursteen nagenoeg homogeen te zijn, het lijkt doorschijnend. Het lijkt gemaakt te zijn van zacht dons, maar het blijkt keihard te zijn. Er zijn geen zwarte of rode tinten zoals een ander stuk natuursteen zou kunnen hebben.
Dit kunstwerk heeft een ronde uitsparing. Je zou kunnen denken dat dit een grot is, het voelt haast een plek om uit te rusten.
Yasuda Kan weet met natuursteen het tegenover gestelde te creëren: een ronde, zachte en bewoonbare vorm.
By Theo,
Ishinki: 'The Stone'.
Christie’s is holding the first exhibition in the United States of monumental sculpture by Kan Yasuda, one of the preeminent contemporary Japanese sculptors of this age. This selling exhibition of 15 works from the artist’s studio will be held at Christie’s New York Rockefeller Galleries February 24 – March 26, and will coincide with the series of Asian Art auctions as well as the First Open Post-War & Contemporary Art sale.
Working primarily in white marble and bronze, the absorbing minimal forms of Yasuda’s sculpture reflect organic elements of the natural world. His sculpture is engaging in form and material and evokes a profound harmony with nature and the viewer. Critically acclaimed in his native Japan and throughout Europe, Yasuda was classically trained in both Japan and Italy. For more than forty years, Yasuda has maintained a studio in Pietrasanta, Italy in addition to a studio in his homeland of Hokkaido, Japan.
'Sculptures infuse a new life to the space by constantly transfiguring themselves to lights and shadows. And they engrave the time of tranquil spirit.'– Kan Yasuda. The largest concentration of Kan Yasuda’s artwork is installed in the Arte Piazza Bibai (Hokkaido, Japan), a sculpture park that celebrates the depth of his oeuvre. Works are also on public installation across Japan with a concentration in Tokyo, such as 'Myomu' and 'Ishinki' at Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi and 'Ishinki' at Tokyo International Forum. Yasuda’s works are also housed in the noted private institutions, such as Benesse Art Sight Naoshima and Sezon Museum of Modern Art.
Kan Yasuda was born in the city of Bibai on Japan's northern island Hokkaido in 1945. He received a master's degree in sculpture from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1969. He moved to Italy in 1970 on a fellowship from the Italian Government and studied with Professor Pericle Fazzini at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. Afterwards he set up his studio at Pietrasanta in northern Italy, world famous for its superior quality marble. There he continues to live and work at marble and bronze sculptures.
Kan Yasuda was born in Bibai on the island of Hokkaido in 1945. In 1969 he graduated from the postgraduate academy Geijutsu Daigaku of Tokyo in the sculpture section. He obtained a scholarship from the Italian government and moved to Rome where he attended the Academy of Fine Arts, a pupil of Pericle Fazzini.
He exhibited for the first time in 1966 at the exhibition "Kokuga" at the Tokyo Museum and "Zendoten" at the Marui Art Salon in Sapporo where he won the Zendoten prize.
In 1969 he set up his first personal exhibition in Sapporo at the Galleria Daimaru and in the same year he received the Kokuga Award of the Tokyo Museum.
Later he opened his workshop in Pietrasanta where he produced his sculptural works in marble and bronze.