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Masahiro ASAKA

Chiba, Japan born 1979

  • to Australia 2000

Surge 16 2011 Place made: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Materials & Technique: glass, cast glass, steel stand glass: cast; steel stand Support: steel stand

Dimensions: glass 40.0 h x 70.0 w x 4.0 d cm stand 95.0 h x 101.0 w x 71.0 d cm overall 147.0 h x 101.0 w x 71.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2012
Accession No: NGA 2012.1009.A-C

This work visually captures the metamorphosis of glass from its fluid to solid state, in a poised form that emphasises the precariousness of this transition. The crystalline purity of the glass is emphasised as Asaka preserves the movement of the mass of glass as it melts in the mould, leaving sharp shards that are counterbalanced by smooth, ice-like outer forms poised in apparent mid-movement. Asaka has described his early experiences of mountain climbing above the snow line in Japan, observing water and ice falls as a source of inspiration for his work, and it is this sharp moment of the natural transition of liquid to ice that this work evokes.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design