Kan Yasuda: Marble and Bronze

Kimon, 1989. Photo Jerry Hardman-Jones Image 1 of 4
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Ishinki, 1990-1. Photo Jerry Hardman-Jones Image 2 of 4
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Takoo, 1994. Photo Jerry Hardman-Jones Image 3 of 4
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View of Kan Yasuda exhibition. Photo Jerry Hardman-Jones Image 4 of 4
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25.09.94 - 01.04.95
Bothy Gallery, Formal Gardens and open air
YSP had nurtured the proposal of a major one-person exhibition by Kan Yasuda, ever since his work had been included in YSP's 1988 exhibition Sculptura: Carving from Carrara, Pietrasanta and Massa. The result was this exhibition of eighteen marble and bronze sculptures, in 1994-5, by the leading Japanese artist.

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Weighing up to twenty tons and carved from single blocks of white Carrara marble, some sculptures were made especially for Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Sparingly sited throughout one hundred acres of the Park, the exhibition made full use of clear space, which created tensions between the sculptures. Magnificently set against the lush green and autumnal landscape they continued to develop and change with the seasons.

Born on the island of Hokkaido, Japan in 1945, Kan Yasuda studied in Tokyo and Rome, eventually moving in 1973 to Pietrasanta near the great marble quarries of northern Italy. Here Yasuda continued to work, producing extraordinarily beautiful but simple sculptures, which at once appeared to have come from the landscape, and at the same time to stand apart from it. This reference to the earth and spirituality was at the core of Yasuda’s work, which was imbued with a palpable meditative quality. Yasuda’s ideas stemmed from humankind’s relationship to the forces of nature and a deep respect for stone, which kept within itself a truth to be uncovered.

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