sabbia gallery

Ceramics, Glass + Fibre


SOLD Pepper Pod, 2012, blown & hand carved glass, H 10 x W 47 x D 18cm

Gallery Two   20 June - 14 July 2012

Yusuke Takemura – Unity

Sabbia Gallery is pleased to present an extraordinary new talent Yusuké Takemura. Since graduating in 2006 from Kurashiki University, Japan, he has since completed his Masters in Studio Art at the University of Sydney.

Awarded the annual Sabbia Gallery Exhibition Award for Ausglass in 2011, this talented artist promises to be someone to watch. Yusuké possesses a unique skill of being able to carve into his fragile blown glass structures, creating cut outs that allow light through the vessel and thus creating reflections of the forms under light. The glass is finely ground and highly polished to create a strong delineation between the edge of the glass and the body of the form. His work references the fragility of nature, history of form and the way light transmits through the organic sculptures.

Yusuké says of his work:

The presence of clear glass represents the remains from the past and the emergence of new beginnings. These significant events are defined by the forms structure and the meticulously cut holes. These elements create an optical illusion, as the glass appears to intertwine and twist in on itself from afar. This symbolises how we disregard history, even though it is clear that the world is undergoing environmental changes. The derivative of living organisms develops a link between history, society and it’s environment. Each vessel interrelates with history and human experience; they are the keepers of the past and present. The presence of clear glass depicts the remains from the past that initiates the emergence of new beginnings.

For the past three years, Yusuke Takemura has studied the traditional methods of glass sculptures. The experimentation of cutting peculiar shapes out of clear glass has allowed him to further explore additional artistic features towards his works. Integration of different materials and methods challenges him to master his skills on thinly blown glass by finely grinding and polishing edges. Shaped holes are thus developed to produce boundaries between the void and the transparent surface, blurring to create an optical illusion.

These vessels thus carry the concept of mathematical existence of history that changes in biological organic developments- sparking society’s evaluation on their actions.