September 2019 – November 2019
Osaka-based artist Yasuaki Onishi was invited to the Artist Studio to produce a sculpture for the MGM Resorts Fine Art Collection. During his residency, Onishi will draw on the practices he learned as an art student to create a large-scale permanent sculpture that engages with nature and negative space through materiality and a process he calls “casting the invisible.” Utilizing a locally sourced tree as the foundation of his sculpture, Onishi will build a steel exoskeleton around the tree’s branches using a special welding and burning process. The resulting work is strikingly bare and intentionally empty, reminding the viewer of the process of the work’s creation.
Yasuaki Onishi is an internationally celebrated artist working in the mediums of installation, sculpture and painting. Onishi studied sculpture at University of Tsukuba and Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan. His work has been exhibited in solo shows at institutions across Japan and abroad, such as at The Wilfrid Israel Museum in Hazorea, IL and at the Aichi Prefectural Museum in Nagoya, JP. Onishi was also included in Ways of Worldmaking in 2011 at the National Museum of Art, Osaka. The artist’s work has appeared in numerous group exhibitions at institutions such as Riverside Art Museum, Beijing, CN (2019), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, DK (2018), Neues Museum, Nuremberg, DE (2017), Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE (2016), Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, JP (2014), The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, RU (2013). In 2010, Yasuaki was the recipient of a United States-Japan Foundation Fellowship that included a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, as well as a grant from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Inc., New York.
Image courtesy of the artist and ARTCOURT Gallery.