Yasui Tomotaka is a promising young Japanese sculptor who lives and works in Tokyo. Like the fellow artists of his generation, he too relates to the dichotomy of charm and hostility felt in the big metropolis, towards the penetration of Western culture into the daily life in Japan. However unlike the others, he does not adopt manga and anime as his sources of inspiration and does not use dynamic extremes to express his feelings towards the situation.
For his sculptures, Tomotaka chose to use the traditional lacquer skill, that is well maintained in Japan for millenia by masters of this complicated technique, but in the context of contemporary art is quite unique.
All of Yasui Tomotaka´s sculptures origin in people, animals and objects that are from his immediate surrounding and close relation. With this information, one is evoked by the artist´s choice of presenting them frozen and motionless, silence coming fore as a central feature in their appearance. The figures are highly stylized. On the one hand the sculpture is presented as one mass with little involvement of space, but on the other, its features and the technique of the demanding lacquer work, present finesse and grace.
´´Silence´´ is Yasui Tomotaka´s first art exhibition in Israel.
The exhibition taking place thanks to the sponsorship of:
JCVA – The Jerusalem Center for Visual Art
Pola Art Foundation