Takanosuke Yasui “The Plaster Age”

Maho Kubota Gallery

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[Image: Takanosuke Yasui "Time to Pretend -Rodin-" (2021) 181x61x100cm ©︎Takanosuke Yasui / Maho Kubota Gallery]

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The contrast between the unevenly raised texture of the medium and the exquisitely controlled color tone, the rhythm of the hard reflection of light picked up by the membrane, and the unfocused subject. The rhythm of the reflection of hard light picked up by the film, and the unfocused subject matter are the characteristics of the paintings that could be considered very commercial and have attracted the attention of young artist Takanosuke Yasui. On the other hand, the essence of Yasui’s work is strongly attributed to the fact that he is purely a sculptor. In this exhibition, titled ‘The Plaster Age,’ Yasui plans an ambitious installation centered on life-size statues.

Yasui’s language of expression, particularly in his sculptures, has an unidentifiable quality that transcends geography, time, and ideology, and even if one were to try to determine his origins, one would be easily disturbed by the noise patterns that develop on the surface of his works. And behind the playful camouflage of the sculptures, there is a strong stylistic beauty that follows the rules of classical sculpture. While strongly connected to the tradition of sculpture, on the other hand, there is a blurring of expression that refuses to be easily recaptured, a supple ambivalence that is like a modern dance while following the classics that Yasui has been obsessed with since his early works.

In the same way, the sculptures made of compositional materials that do not reveal themselves look like standing statues made of ceramic or paper, thanks to the rhythm of small luster and the hard, smooth texture that is repeated by picking up the unevenness. While ensuring a solid structure, there is also a sense of fluidity, as if it could change its form into a completely different one in the next moment. The material that Yasui uses for his sculptures is plaster, which is used as an intermediate material in the traditional casting process of sculpture, and Yasui himself says that the expressive qualities of plaster stimulate his imagination “in its brittleness and weakness, as well as its devotional qualities that lie between the substitution of plastic materials.

Since ancient times, monumental and architectural materials such as marble and bronze have dominated the mainstream of Western sculpture, and many of them have been created in connection with power, rulers, and strong beliefs of the time. In contrast to these solid “strong sculptures,” which are the starting point for students of sculpture at traditional art schools, Yasui focuses on the intermediate material of plaster, which can be shaped freely by the human hand with force, and calls his works created by using it as the main material fluid “weak sculptures.” Yasui’s “weak sculpture” may not be a negative expression, but rather a reference to “free” and “fluid” sculpture that “changes” with “physicality” and “fluidity. After repeating the process of transforming the structure of the narrative into the coordinates of an individual living in the present age, while maintaining the perspective of an observer of historical narratives, the exhibition will feature an overwhelming installation of about 30 statues in gray tones.

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from June 29, 2021 to July 31, 2021

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