HIROSUKE YABE

 

 

Exhibition view HIROSUKE YABE at CONRADS 2019 (PDF)


Hirosuke Yabe creates wooden sculptures using a nata, a Japanese hatchet, to conjure up a menagerie of human expressions. Ranging in size from just a few inches to several feet high, Yabe uses logwood as well as recycled discarded wood from demolished traditional Japanese houses, often over 100 years old. Captivated by the symbolic spirit of African masks, Yabe’s sculptures not only draw on the abstracted geometry of their forms, but also address the universality of the human experience, asking the question “What is it to be human?” and “What is the human being?” The resulting pieces are animal, people, anthropomorphic creates, even monsters, yet they are all metaphors of the human condition.
HIROSUKE YABE<br/>Leviathan (co202 & co203), 2020, wood carving, 30 x 17 x 18 cm & 39 x 23,5 x 22,5 cm
HIROSUKE YABE
Leviathan
(co202 & co203), 2020
Wood carving
30 x 17 x 18 cm &
39 x 23,5 x 22,5 cm
HIROSUKE YABE<br/>Leviathan (co201), 2020, wood carving, 68,5 x 40 x 32 cm
HIROSUKE YABE
Leviathan (co201), 2020
Wood carving
68,5 x 40 x 32 cm
HIROSUKE YABE<br/>Untitled (co205), 2020, wood carving, 66 x 38 x 24 cm
HIROSUKE YABE
Untitled (co205), 2020
Wood carving
66 x 38 x 24 cm