Juxtapoz Magazine – Hirosuke Yabe’s “Rhapsody” in Wood @ Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles


Richard Heller Gallery is happy to present Hirosuke YabeRhapsody. This is Yabe’s next solo exhibition with the gallery.

Primarily based in Kanagawa Japan, Hirosuke Yabe creates wooden sculptures utilizing a nata, a Japanese hatchet. With swift, short chops, Yabe conjures a menagerie of human expressions. Like Enkū, the Japanese Buddhist sculptor who carved 120,000 statutes, though some items replicate a series of operate, no two sculptures are at any time really alike.

Formally qualified at Tokyo Zokei University, Yabe cites Eduardo Chilida, Richard Serra, the Mono-ha, and African masks amongst his early influences. As African masks symbolize a spirit, Yabe’s sculptures not only draw from the abstracted geometry of their forms as lots of Western artwork movements have, but they also address the universality of the human working experience.

Just after the 2011 Japanese earthquake and consequent tsunami and nuclear electric power plant meltdown, Yabe saw “that the great was damaged and that our “modernity” experienced been driving it.” His perform shifted from the far more official to an investigation. “What is it to be human? What is the human currently being?” the artist asks. The ensuing pieces are animals, persons, anthropomorphic creatures, even monsters, but all are metaphors of the human ailment. They are foolish, funny, cute, silly, wonderful, sweet. We hook up with these parts in distinct methods: my beloved is not essentially your favored. In our divided time, Hirosuke Yabe’s function is here to remind human form of our humanity.


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