KOHYAMA YASUHISA (b. 1936)
Angled upswept, sculptural form; titled, Kaze (Wind)
Unglazed Shigaraki stoneware
17 x 17 1/4 x 4 3/4 in.
This spectacular sculptural vessel titled, Kaze (Wind), by Kohyama Yasuhisa is a marvel when viewed from all directions. Built upon a narrow base, the flying 'wings' lend the granite-like sculpture a floating, weightless appearance. Contrasting smooth and rough hewn textures are juxtaposed on slightly faceted sides that are noticeable as the light shifts across the dynamic surfaces.
A similar artwork by Kohyama graces the exhibition catalogue cover of Contemporary Clay: Japanese Ceramics for the New Century (MFA, Boston, 2005-06) from the Norths' collection.