Onishi Yasuaki

Onishi Yasuaki was born in Osaka in 1979. He says that creating is a gesture that makes clear the boundaries around us and renews contours. He explores means of knowing our world and its inversion by using materials that tend not to emphasize shape, creating pieces that affect the spaces around them. They are sculptures not pointing at particular phenomena, leaving much to be interpreted by the viewer. Countless strings of glue and the air-wrapped membranes of polyethylene sheet serve as a container perpetuating the actions the artist has concentrated in space. The act of manipulating ‘other things’ allows us to see ‘the thing itself’. In considering edges and their inversions, and filling in hollows and empty spaces with our imagination, it becomes possible to discover their true substance from scattered suggestions.

Japanese artist Onishi Yasuaki is an ingenious sculptor of empty space, whose vast levitating environments, conceived synthetically, give an impression of a fallen heavenly vault or of an immense spider-web still being spun. In this subtle undulating installation, composed of vertical suspended lines, the rolling form, floating like a huge wave, punctuated by interstitial glimmers, appears to be an inviting shelter rather than a menacing cavern. If the spirit of Zen Buddhism – inseparable as it is from the Japanese soul – permeates his architectural structures, this is also discernable in the translucent cubic structures of the artist, wreathed in polyeth- ylene sheets. Following his exploration of cavities, he continues with his series of cubes, an in- finite quest of the exterior and the interior. The reflection of the artist that sculpture is merely a covering of empty space echoes that of Erik Dietman : « All that which creates a shadow is sculpture, even the excrement of a dog in the street ». Each to his own interpretation.