Jacki Apple, Stephen Nowlin, Pasadena. 2016.
Hardcover, unpaginated, color illustrations, 10 x 9 x 05 inches.
Selected works from 1991 to 2016 consisting of sumi ink and watercolor paintings, handmade layered Washi paper sculptures, and cast metal sculpture installations.
It is organized around a dialog between materials and images that exemplify four essential elements and their ongoing states of process: Fire/Earth (Hi/Taichi), Water/Air (Mizu/Kuki), Mind Essence/Beingness (Ki), Matter Energy/ Impermanence (Ku).
An internationally exhibited visual artist and educator, Yoshio Ikezaki’s paintings and sculptures are grounded in Japanese esthetic principles and philosophies, crafts and materials, interpreted in a contemporary context.
His works express the profound power and vulnerability of nature in its relationship to humanity, thus illuminating the deeper meaning of the contemporary global environmental crisis.
Unifying “the life of the mind” with a deeply intuitive physical engagement with material processes, Ikezaki’s works are the embodiment of Yūgen, a Japanese word pertaining to a profound awareness of the universe which evokes feelings that are inexplicably deep, too mysterious for words, simultaneously subtle and profound.