Approach the delicate glass works of art from Rui Sasakiand experience the unpredictable patterns of the weather through a subtle glow of blue light. The experimental work of the Japanese artist translates various predictions into speckled sculptures that shine once encountered. This is an intimate process that Sasaki describes as a way of “visualizing subtle sunshine, recording today’s weather, and transferring it from here to there / from there to here. ”
The phosphorescent crystals are brightest in color before turning blue. “Visitors will no doubt be surprised that even if they can’t see anything when they first enter the gallery, they stay long enough and their eyes get used to the darkness and the elements of the work gradually become visible,” writes Sasaki. Since each encounter elicits a unique response in the embedded lights, no two experiences will be the same. She explains:
The phosphorescent glass used stores light with a wavelength close to that of sunlight, and this stored light then glows in the dark. That is, you are now seeing light that has accumulated in the past. If one viewer stays in the gallery for a long time, the next viewer sees the work glowing faintly in the dark. With longer viewing time, the light from the phosphorescent glass fades from moment to moment until the gallery is finally plunged into darkness. This can happen a minute later or a day later, depending on the movements of the viewer.
Many of the sculptures evoke organic elements in material, concept and sometimes form, whether they are shaped into puffy raindrops or a sun-like sphere. Others, however, are represented by domestic scenes with dishes or a hanging chandelier, a juxtaposition that relates to Sasaki’s feeling that after a few years in the United States, she had lost her sense of home. The artist, who now lives in Kanazawa, uses the weather and the surroundings to “recover from the reverse culture shock and to rediscover my intimacy with my homeland Japan bit by bit and day by day”.
Sasaki’s sculptures are part of several group exhibitions, including one at Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design until April 4th another one at Riga Bourse Art Museum that will reopen on April 6th and an upcoming spring show at Tainan Art Museum in Taiwan. She also has a solo exhibition at Tokyo Gallery DiEGO Omotesando planned for May. See this interview and studio visit for an insight into their process and follow where their work is going next Instagram.
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