Hiroshi Yamano's new work continues his East to West series, which bridges the artists feelings about his eastern heritage and western influences in both his life and art. His innovative sculptures are based on the fish motif which has become a powerful symbol of lifes endurance for the Japanese artist. As Yamano states, a fish has to swim for its entire life, otherwise it will die. This metaphor has remained constant throughout the artists work.
Hiroshi Yamano, Fish Hanger #49 (2006), blown and sculpted glass with silver leaf, engraving and electroplating [William Traver Gallery, Tacoma WA, Jun 25-Jul 28]
Yamanos silver and copper leafed sculptures are etched with schools of fish and hung from metal stands, a new development that has given him freedom to deal with relationships in space. Surface facets create transparent portals that refract the light and create an illusion of multiples and movement. Additional hot-sculpted fish are suspended from the metal hangers and draped in and over various parts of the vessels.
Much of Yamanos technical precision is owed to his study of traditional Japanese metalwork. Yamano also studied at the Tokyo Glass Art Institute and later received his MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. His extensive accomplishments, awards and exhibitions have received international acclaim and his work is included in many major museum collections, including the Corning Museum of Glass, New York and the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia. Prior to the opening of this exhibition,Yamano will be a visiting artist at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, June 21-25.