Maehara Fuyuki (b. 1962) Ikkoku (Moment), 2008

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Lot 2397
Maehara Fuyuki (b. 1962)
Ikkoku (Moment), 2008

Sold for US$ 18,750 inc. premium

Fine Japanese Works of Art

13 Sep 2011, 13:00 EDT

New York

Property of various owners
Maehara Fuyuki (b. 1962)
Ikkoku (Moment), 2008
A sculpture of Japanese cypress, boxwood, magnolia, and oil paint; comprising nine objects fashioned from wood and arranged to evoke memories of a day at the seashore, including three pieces from fireworks -- a cardboard tube, sparkler stick, and colored paper ring -- with a length of burnt wood, an oblong fishing float, a broken shell, a smooth gray rock pierced by holes, and two tiny brown crabs with articulated limbs. [9 pieces]

Footnotes

  • 「一刻」 前原冬樹 2008年
    Born in Tokyo in 1962, Maehara Fuyuki had a successful career as a nationally ranked professional boxer before turning to art in the past two decades. In 1998, he received a bachelor's degree in oil painting from the Tokyo University of Fine Arts (Tokyo Geidai) and has since exhibited his meticulously crafted wood sculpture in Japan and abroad. Typically, as in this piece, he strives to simulate with most minute detail the real appearance of lost, discarded and often forlorn objects. Exquisitely refined and poetic, his replica of discarded firework tubes, sticks, and other objects suggests traces of life on the watery margins where human activity intersects with marine life. The smooth, weathered forms point to the passage of time, as the crab -- a transient creature -- scuttles among debris smoothed and weathered by the relentless action of waves, wind, and beating sun.

    Published: Fuyuki Maehara -- Wooden Sculpture, (Tokyo: Obuse Museum and The Nakajima Chinami Gallery, 2008), no. 23

    Provenance: purchased from the artist
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