Installation by Michael Asbill
During this semester I had a chance to visit an installation exhibition by Michael Asbill as part of the Sculpture Situations class with Prof.Emily Puthoff. He is an installation and public artist, independent curator and arts advocate from New York area. He also has a blog Fish Flood Dump Camp about the Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition at Unions Arts Center. His research about polluted water reminded me on Allan Sekulla’s work as I was able to see in person his photo documentation about the site and the final result of the huge destruct boat form installed in the gallery space of the Ulster Collage.
I just found my new inspiration artist!
Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto creates incredibly intricate mazes made entirely out of salt! Currently showing at the Hakone Open-Air Museum in Kanagawa, Japan is one of his newest works entitled “Forest of Beyond.” The story about why Yamamoto started down this path is a sad and tragic one. He was a third-year student at the Kanazawa College of Art in 1996 when his younger sister died at the young age of 24 — two years after being diagnosed with brain cancer. To ease his grief and to honor her memory, he starting working on these installations. Salt has a special place in the death rituals of Japan, and is often handed out to people at the end of funerals, so they can sprinkle it on themselves to ward off evil. Since 2001, he’s been creating these amazing floor installations by filling a plastic bottle, usually used for machine oil, with white salt and then sprinkling it on the floor. Working 14 hours a day, it took him two weeks to complete. As he told Japan Times, “I draw with a wish that, through each line, I am led to a memory of my sister. That is always at the bottom of my work. Each cell-like part, to me, is a memory of her that I call up, like a tiff I had with her over a pudding cake she took from the fridge. My wish is to put such tiny episodes together.”
Another Japanese Artist… Shioyasu Tomoko…
Searching more, and looking for some artists for my friend Eunju, I found this incredible paper pieces by Shioyasu Tomoko. As I’ve suggested to her to check out her website, I also find very delicate image of ocean waves out of paper made by this artist. I am getting more and more interested in installation art and would like to experiment in that way in the future. Using other materials in combination with clay or porcelain can be very interesting approach in displaying art piece in a gallery space.