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Masahiro Sasaki: Tensei


Tue 24 Aug 2010, 10:00am–6:00pm
Wed 25 Aug 2010, 10:00am–6:00pm
Thu 26 Aug 2010, 10:00am–6:00pm
Fri 27 Aug 2010, 10:00am–6:00pm
Sat 28 Aug 2010, 10:00am–3:00pm

Where: AVID Gallery, 48 Victoria St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Avid Gallery

Masahiro Sasaki studied glass with Michael Rogers in Aichi University of Education, graduating from the prestigious Toyama City Institute of Glass Art.

He later worked in Kanazawa Utatsuyama Craft Workshop, a traditional Japanese craft centre, where he began to question aspects of his American oriented approach to studio glass (the idea of using various media, not just glass, for the expression of artistic intent) and rather to think about expressing himself according to "kogei", the traditional Japanese approach (expressing oneself within the constraints of the material and processes of his preferred media, glass).

“In the culture of Kanazawa, artists assimilated with the glass and feel like the material is a part of their body. I think it is similar concept to "Shinto". We must coexist with nature (material). It is impossible to control it all.”

He has exhibited widely throughout Japan where his work is held in a number of public institutions. He has also exhibited in the USA and in Spain. He currently lectures at the Aichi University of Education, Nagoya.

Artist’s Statement - Tensei:

“I started making this series of works about 3 years ago.

"The title "Tensei" means a certain thing changes to another thing which has a different quality. It includes the Buddhist meaning "re-incarnation".

"The glass is an inorganic substance, but the melted glass takes an organic shape. Sand changes to glass by heat, then after it is formed through me it returns to sand again by sandblasting.

"I do not know what kinds of forms will be born as the material changes through the wind and the flame. It may be said that it is collaboration work with the glass.

"The form is born from discovery and the intuition of process, technique and experience with the material.

"One way or the other, the glass is existence betraying my expectation.”

-Masahiro Sasaki, Aichi, Japan 2010

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