Yasutaka Baba

elemental form – Porcelain by Yasutaka Baba

Thu, 17th October - Sat, 26th October, 2019

Gallery closed Sun/Mon, Open 11:00am ~ 6:00pm
Final day closes at 4:00pm


elemental form - Porcelain by Yasutaka Baba

Every so often, an artist appears out of nowhere to rejuvenate the traditions of old with a fresh, bold zeitgeist that reflects the times in which we live in, who will push the boundaries of his or her mode of expression in ways that help us to both remember, rethink and revisit the beauty of the material. One such artist is Yasutaka Baba of Hasami, Nagasaki Prefecture, a storied kiln site renowned for porcelain production since the early 1600’s.

With silhouettes reminiscent of architectural monuments buzzing with facades of fevered intensity, the 28-year-old Baba has captivated a global audience for his abstract sculptures that are almost Gormley-esque in their cubic minimalism. ‘elemental form’ embraces a brave new vision of abstraction that calls to mind the beauty of ancient civilizations, from the wonders of Mayan and Aztec civilizations and the elegance of Persian and Southeast Asian reliefs, to the stark simplicity of modern architecture.

Capturing both light and shadows upon his facades, Baba’s aesthetic is intriguing for not only its sculptural beauty, but for his immaculate sense of detail and craftsmanship, evidenced by the scrupulous intensity of the tiny porcelain blocks that comprise Baba’s works, attached one by one by free-hand. In pursuit of the elemental essence of porcelain’s natural beauty, Baba’s works embody the ongoing pursuit of the progressive within contemporary Japanese ceramics.

Wahei Aoyama, Yufuku Gallery

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