Takao Sakata Solo Exhibition
On view: August 23 through 29, 2013.
AG Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition by glasswork artist, Takao Sakata. This is his third year of appearance in Summer Exhibition Series. He also prays repose of victims' souls of the Tohoku Earthquake on March 11, 2011, in the works "KUKAI NO HOTORI (On the bank of suffering)," on this week-long exhibition.
Takao Sakata creates small glass sculptures and expresses the aesthetic figure of glasses beyond ordinal "art and craft" shapes of glasswork art. He lives and works in Shiga, Japan as a glasswork artist for over decades.
Sakata faced astonishing disasters as many Japanese people did when Tohoku Earthquake happened, and it was thought-provoking for him, especially as an artist. In KUKAI NO HOTORI, he expresses that many people were carried away by the tsunami at once and the area became empty, but their souls were left, which the people suffered to live.
“When we look at the glasswork art in these days, I can only see weak, cheap, and flatter works. They are called "the modern glass art" or "the world glass art" and seen as if they are the real art. Glass artisans without strong belief and knowledge and the lack of outstanding glass-work art critics abstract making progress of the art. The substantial of art is to express nature, society and human being through clear senses and techniques. It means the attribute of glass material doesn't produce any arts. Marcel Duchamp signed that people in this century had been completely blind to the art. It is also the severe criticism to “the modern glass-work art.”
Artists accused a falsehood of an era with their insanity that is inherent in themselves, which is a reason why many Western artists have been respected. Those artists risked their lives through their representations. Social value of artists does not change at any time; artists are useless all the time.
Young artists should think carefully. Artists are the ones who decide to gaze live and death; memento mori, in all creations universally. You must not rely on what critics think about your works. In solitude, you have to let time pass. You should not let representations calm and rip off this century. “
--- Takao Sakata