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Yutaka Minegishi: Mainly Twisted

Exhibition  /  10 Sep 2013  -  05 Oct 2013
Published: 04.09.2013
Gallery Funaki
Management:
Katie Scott
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The approach is direct, no drawings or models beforehand. Not talking and telling what to do, but listening carefully to find the curvaceous path which will allow the rings then to speak, to tell. It is only when the piece is fully finished that the decision is made whether it was the right path; wrong paths lead to the "Elephants Grave Yard", the name for the drawer of rejects.

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Yutaka Minegishi
"We have worked alongside each other now for almost 20 years, and in our current studio for 11 years, sharing tools and stories. The work we make couldn't be more different. My complex constructions in contrast to perfectly resolved rings carved out of a single block of material. Tricky materials too, often carrying with them a remarkable history, whether in the form of an antique wooden ball sent as a gift from the other side of the world, or the tusk of a long extinct mammal, dragged from the Siberian ice. Tricky also as their names veil their true nature, "Pink Ivory" actually a wood, "Ivory" actually coming from a woolly mammoth. Ebony speaks for itself. Then their strange behaviour, wood and tusk that twists and folds and flows around the finger, fine materials happily behaving in unusual ways. The approach is direct, no drawings or models beforehand. Not talking and telling what to do, but listening carefully to find the curvaceous path which will allow the rings then to speak, to tell. It is only when the piece is fully finished that the decision is made whether it was the right path; wrong paths lead to the "Elephants Grave Yard", the name for the drawer of rejects. The pieces prove themselves when there is something familiar about them, but also something not beforehand thought through, a surprise. The finished ring, so contained, so right, begins the twisting path of the next story."

Helen Britton, August 2013
Yutaka Minegishi. Ring: Untitled, 2013. Ebony. Yutaka Minegishi
Ring: Untitled, 2013
Ebony
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Yutaka Minegishi. Ring: Untitled, 2013. Rose ivory. Yutaka Minegishi
Ring: Untitled, 2013
Rose ivory
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Yutaka Minegishi. Ring: Untitled, 2013. Rose ivory. Yutaka Minegishi
Ring: Untitled, 2013
Rose ivory
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Yutaka Minegishi. Ring: Untitled, 2013. Bronze. Yutaka Minegishi
Ring: Untitled, 2013
Bronze
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Yutaka Minegishi. Ring: Untitled, 2013. Mammoth ivory. Yutaka Minegishi
Ring: Untitled, 2013
Mammoth ivory
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Yutaka Minegishi. Ring: Untitled, 2013. Rose ivory. Yutaka Minegishi
Ring: Untitled, 2013
Rose ivory
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Yutaka Minegishi. Ring: Untitled, 2013. Ebony. Yutaka Minegishi
Ring: Untitled, 2013
Ebony
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Yutaka Minegishi. Ring: Untitled, 2013. Ebony. Yutaka Minegishi
Ring: Untitled, 2013
Ebony
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