Photo: Yuki Moriya

39/40
Yuuki Tsukiyama
2016.07.01 FRI – 07.30 SAT

Tsukiyama was born in 1976 in Kobe, and after studying sculpture at Kyoto University of Art and Design, has since been active as an artist based in a studio in Kobe.
On of the main features of Tsukiyama’s work is the wide diversity of materials he creates his work with. Utilizing materials such as wood, metal, resin and paint Tsukiyama constantly reveals the possibilities and embodiment of each material, in the process of repeatedly overlaying trial and error, he continues to work while capturing the characteristics of the chosen material.

In Tsukiyama’s more recent works, it is not only the material object that forms the work, but also the space itself, which is exhibited and regarded as an element in its own right.

For the 2013 edition of the hotel art fair ART OSAKA, one of the rooms of the Hotel Granvia was modified by Tsukiyama. The focal point of the room being a painting of a male hotel staff bowing, and around him, objects such as the bed, clocks, furniture, all mirroring the bow of the staff, tilted at the same 15 degree angle.

For a solo exhibition at Galerie Ashiya Schule in 2015, and taking advantage of the shapes born naturally in wood, Tsukiyama stitched together 406 timber planks, surrounding the gallery space, bringing the work and the space together in an installation. If it was not for Tuskiyama’s humorous point of view and his tenacity, his work would not be realised.

After completion of this solo exhibition, Tsukiyama will participate in a residence program in Dubai for three months, displaying how his range of activities as an artist turning 40 has further grown.
Tsukiyama’s attitude to his own production is “taking advantage of the characteristics of the material itself, through [his] own hands. How interesting and exciting it is to finish with an object.” The fun and richness of being creative can be felt through the work.
We look forward to your encounter with Tsukiyama’s work on this occasion.

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