Exhibition 2020
Yuki Tsukiyama
2020.06.26(Friday) - 2020.08.01(Saturday) - OPEN : TUE - SAT | 12:00 - 19:00


TEZUKAYAMA GALLERY is pleased to announce a solo exhibition “Exhbition 2020”by Yuki Tsukiyama from 26th of June.

Tsukiyama was born in 1976 and graduated from the Sculpture Course of the faculty of Art & Design, Kyoto University of Art & Design. Now, he is a professional sculptor proactively contributing to various artistic activities in Kansai area with Kobe, his hometown, as his base.
He works on various materials such as metals, resin, woods, and painting and the original concept of his work is always the materials themselves. He named his work “playful” experiments which aim to capture the unique features of the materials repeatedly from time to time. The expression of such a consistent pursuit demonstrates the consistency in the conceptual idea in his creation. Also, though the key elements in his constitution are always simple, he is versatile, so the works are never limited to certain styles- they show flexibility and curiosity at all times.

Apart from six large sculptures hand sawed from 250 kg of camphor wood, we also present two-dimensional works including drawings in this exhibition.

[Artist Statement]

There was a period when I was thinking about what to do with the 250kg of wood I got by chance, and several people came to me, volunteering to lend me a chainsaw. I wondered if I should use a chainsaw or have it done at a carpentry shop and wondered how much it would cost and how long it would take. And just as I was about to move forward with it, a question struck me like a bolt of lightning―if the result is the same, is the fastest and cheapest method really the best?

In my daily life, I think about efficiency and cost-effectiveness. But I believe that every once in a while, abandoning everything and progressing straightforward can assist in coming up with rich ideas.

Movies longer than two hours get downloaded to a smartphone in seconds (5G), and images and footage are more detailed than what the naked eye can perceive (8K). Advanced technology is continuously being introduced into the world at an astonishing speed. It takes a camphor tree decades and hundreds of years to grow to this size. As technology advances, a time may come when even camphor tree seedlings grow into large trees in just a few hours.

Why hand saw? It hurts the arms, back, and hip and is time-consuming. As an artist, I want to cherish the things I can’t provide a quick reason to. Interestingly enough, I got this saw, which must have been made in the Taisho era, on Yahoo Auction with nothing but my smartphone.

Yuki Tsukiyama