Otterlo mist door Isamu Wakabayashi, 2001
Citaten uit een artikel over een tentoonstelling in 2016: In 1981 verklaarde de kunstenaar: “I have begun to imagine that my surroundings are simply one state of a vapor that has changed form, and to observe them in this way.” In zijn latere werk ‘his sculptures were no longer carved or molded objects, but assemblages of symbolic elements in a language all his own – bars and blocks of metal representing water, air, soil, and so on. Wakabayashi explained this as a shift in his interest from ‘masses’ to ‘surfaces’.
He also became concerned with expressing what he saw as the inherently liquid nature of materials like iron. Like water, Wakabayashi averred, iron ‘circulates’ in an unstable, ever-changing state. We can see aspects of this change in such phenomena as rust and degradation, but it is the human manipulation of metal that more immediately reveals its essential fluidity. By extension, this was how Wakabayashi viewed the world at large, and his artistic pursuits seem to have increasingly aimed at giving solid form to that eternal flux.
materialen: ijzer en koper
Isamu Wakabayashi (Japan, 1936-2003)
De JapanTimes schreef januari 2016 bij een opening van solo-expositie met werk van Wakabayashi:’ Sculptor Isamu Wakabayashi (1936-2003), who has represented Japan twice at the Venice Biennale, is best known for his metalwork. After his early pieces, however, he moved on to also work with other materials, including stone, wood, cement, iron and sulfur. He also left behind numerous experiments and drawings, prints, objects and books, which he used to inspire his finished works.’
Museum Kröller Müller, Otterlo, de Hoge Veluwe: Wikipedia
Foto’s: augustus 2017