2007年05月10日

Yede Exhibition Starts Today -Words from the Artist

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My Passion For Metal -by Takahiro Yede 家出隆浩

When I first delved into the material of metal, I was both astonished and enraptured with its myriad possibilities. I believe many people are not aware of such possibilities. To bring out metal's innate and special characteristics into a tangible form; this had become a major theme in my work, and my art became a means to this end.

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Was there not a new and undiscovered method to achieve this end? Not to simply dwell on traditional Japanese metalwork techniques, but to incorporate the advanced techniques of other arts, coupled with philosophies of fine art --this could lead to a new way of creation. And, I believed, this could breathe new life into the metalwork of Japan.

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But you cannot forget the importance of space.
Metalwork is a 3-dimensional artform. If one intends to heighten and enhance this art, one must face the challenge of space, much like sculpture. Not simply space, but contemporary space. In other words, the space that is now.

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Yet what does contemporary space ask for?
It is a difficult question.
What I strive to achieve is not to match a work with a certain kind of space, but to have the work transform and define the space itself, as much as the space desires to be changed. I wonder if I have, at the very least, achieved a small fraction of this wish in my works.

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The works for this exhibition are unlike anything I've made before. Many people may be confused by them.
Yet I, for one, am calm.
For I believe I have instilled my heart and soul in them.

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The thrill I had received from discovering the unlimited beauty of metal. This, I send to you. Takahiro Yede 家出隆浩 (translated by Wahei Aoyama 青山和平)

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Please see the previous entry for details on the Yede Metalwork exhibition at Yufuku Gallery, which starts today.
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2007年05月09日

When Metal Becomes Tapestry

When Metal Becomes Tapestry
-Boundaries Exist To Be Broken-

Preview of Exhibition by Takahiro Yede 家出隆浩

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Toku Art and Yufuku Gallery proudly present the works of one of Japan's most highly acclaimed metal artists, Takahiro Yede (家出隆浩 1962- ).

His works shatter our preconceptions of metal, for at a glance, his works brim with the playful texture of fabric. The artist has taken traditional Japanese metal techniques to new heights, especially by his ingenious and unique invention of weaving strips of bronze and copper together to form elegant, lustrous tapestries of metal.

Coupled with his soft palette of colours, his works have brought about a revolution in how we perceive this ancient Japanese artform. Perhaps such is why the revered traditional craft competition in Japan, the Nihon Dento Kogeiten (Japanese Traditional Arts and Crafts Exhibition), has showered the artist with some of its top prizes, as well as being purchased by the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo at the age of 33.

Already solidifying his status domestically, the international scene has been quick to follow Yede's career. With an innovative vigour and curiosity unparalleled amongst his peers, his passion for his art will soon transcend borders. From eastern skies, to the world. Takahiro Yede.

Wahei Aoyama 青山和平
Toku Art Limited

The Yede Metals

May 10th (Thur) through May 26th (Sat), 2007
Open 11:00 to 18:00 daily except last day by 16:00
Gallery closed on Sunday and Monday
Venue: Yufuku Gallery

DIRECTIONS: Based in Tokyo, Yufuku Gallery is a 5-minute walking distance from Aoyama Icchome subway station (take the Ginza or Hanzomon subway line). Walk past the Honda building towards Shibuya on Aoyama Avenue for two minutes until you reach Risona Bank. Turn left at that corner and Yufuku is down the street on the left past the barber shop.

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Yufuku Gallery
Annecy Aoyama 1st Floor 2-6-12 Minami-Aoyama Minato-ku,Tokyo 107-0062 Japan
Tel: 03-5411-2900 Fax: 03-5411-2901

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