For our new San Francisco exhibition, The Future Perfect presents Mikakiuchi, which can be translated as “courtyard of the shrine” or as the artist puts it “sculpture and space” recalling a more personal moment of transcendence.
The new pieces, presented in Ichii, Sequoia and Hinoki woods, as well as terracotta, embody a variety of forms from more traditional looking sculptural monoliths to sinuous and amoebic-seeming cryptograms. Despite their collective impact, each of the one-of-a-kind pieces – regardless of their vivid colors, which range from a bright putty-like blue to a golden yellow – packs a singular emotional resonance, a leitmotif that evokes the human experience and its visceral complexity.
Yazaki’s sculptures are transcendental handmade forms from carved wood, clay and terracotta. These are visceral sculptures more easily experienced than described: organic spherical forms conjoined by sinuous joints; clusters of geode-like shapes that evoke unknown extra-terrestrial worlds; and enigmatic terracotta works that could be relics unearthed from an ancient civilization.