Art Works Ushio Sakusabe

Try to overcome the gravitation
Art Journalist   Makoto Murata

 

Sir Isaac Newton is said to have discovered the law of universal gravitation by sitting under a tree and being hit on the head by a falling apple.

Hard as this anecdote may be to believe, I have chosen not to doubt its veracity. For me, it is a matter of fact that objects do indeed fall from

a higher elevation. What I could not understand was that some invisible force was at work in this natural course of events. To accept the notion

of such a force, at least our minds must be free from its pull.
According to one theory, when an idea flashes on somebody, it means that cosmic rays have penetrated the brain of that person. That would

suggest that it was not a hapless apple at all, but some well-traveled photons that knocked the lawmaking inspiration into Newton’s head. Well, perhaps there’s hope for the rest of us.
Perhaps cosmic rays joggled the brain of Ushio Sakusabe, too, when he was inspired to escape from gravitation.
He suspends stones in the air using wires, or puts stones on boughs. These stones are placed to from a circular shape, inevitably making us

recall planets or a stone circle.
Moreover, his art works include craterlike earthworks, implying that he is deeply interested in the universe. Sakusabe’s works seem to reflect

an image of the universe‐i. e. zero gravity. Is it truly so?
Needless to say, stones play an important role in Sakusabe’s art. The fact that these stones are in the air is not the point. If the stones floated

without any use of wires or boughs, his works would be amazing, but would belong in the realm of parlor tricks or extraordinary phenomena.

Such a wonder should be completely unrelated to artistic sensibility.
Perhaps of equal or even more importance than the existence of the stones are the wires and boughs which support the stones. In particular,

the wires are almost inconspicuous in comparison with the heavy stones. However, the wires are not merely an unobtrusive assistant to give

the illusion that the stones are floating. Rather, the balance and tension created by the wires as a result of the great weight of the stones may

be the central aim in his works, in which case the stones may be simply viewed as weights.
Among all arts, that most affected by gravitation may be architecture. Apart from the task of modern architecture to house cubicles,

conventional buildings are a formation created as a solution to the restrictions of gravity. A good example is Gothic architecture, where stones

are stacked to create a towering building, with its dead load supported by means of vaults and buttresses. It is well known that Antonio Gaudi,

whose source of inspiration was Gothic architecture, adopted the reversed image of a parabola produced from strings attached with weights

into his design. His attempt was to subjugate gravity, while working within the confines of gravity.
The works by Sakusabe are beautiful, because he, too, visualizes the existence of invisible gravitation, while obeying the law of gravitation. Our

minds cannot escape the gravitational field on the ground surface for good with our eyes distracted by the stones in the air.

2010

  • Floating Stone - ARCH 2010
  • Floating Wave 2010

2009

  • Floating Wave 2009 - 1
  • Heavy Stone - Gravitation 2009 - 1
  • Floating Wave 2009 - 3
  • Floating Wave 2009 - 2
  • Floating Wave 2009 - 2 (Going up Dragon)
  • Floating Wave 2009 - Going up Dragon

2008

  • Floating Wave 2008 - The Low of Nature
  • Floating Stone 2008
  • Floating Wave 2008 - 1

2007

  • Floating Stone - ARCH 2007
  • Floating Stone - Perpendicular 2007

2006

  • Floating Stone - ARCH 2006
  • Floating Red Stone 2006
  • Hanging Stone - Straight Line 2006

2004

  • FLOATING THE ARC 2004
  • FLOATING THE CURVED LINE 2004
  • FLOATING THE WAVED LINE 2004

2002

  • Floating The Straight Line 2002

2001

  • Floating Straight Line -1 2001
  • Floating The Straight Line -2 2001

2000

  • Hanging Stone - Straight Line 2000
  • FLOATING STONE - STRAIGHT LINE 2000

1999

  • FLOATING STONE'99 - TRY TO OVERCOME THE GRAVITATION 1999

1998

  • FLOATING STONE - Try to Overcome the Gravitation 1998
  • FLOATING STONE CIRCLE - Try to Overcome the Gravitation 1998
  • STONE CIRCLE - Try to overcome the gravitation 1998

1997

  • FLOATING STONE 1997

1996

  • FLOATING STONE CIRCLE - Try to Overcome the Gravitation 1996
  • FLOATING VERTICALSTONE CIRCLE - Try to Overcome the Gravitation 1996

1995

  • Floating Stone 1995
  • Floating stone circle 1995

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