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Wind Form

Masayuki Nagare, Japanese, (February 14, 1923–July 7, 2018)

Creation date: 1966
Creation place: Japan

Other Information

Type: Stone Sculpture
Medium and Support: Granite
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Meredith Weatherby
Accession Number: 1991.87
Dimensions: 25 5/8 in. x 8 1/2 in. x 9 in. (65.09 cm x 21.59 cm x 22.86 cm)


Meredith Weatherby, La Jolla, California ( - November 6, 1991)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (November 6, 1991 - )

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March 2008
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The sculptures of Masayuki Nagare are inspired by his studies of Zen Buddhism and traditional Japanese craftsmanship. His work expresses the In-yo (yin and yang) principle of the harmony of contrasts by giving physically undefined realities a tangible, concrete form and by integrating two distinct surface textures on one plane. Wind Form serves as a reference to the delicate yet forceful presence of wind whereas Now and Then is inspired by the fleeting notion of time. Both are shaped from granite and combine smooth, polished surfaces with sharp, chiseled cuts. The use of curved lines to ease one surface into the other, or sori, is a technique prevalent in Japanese architecture and in the Japanese practice of making swords. According to tradition, sori itself is not a shape but a means to inventing one. It is manifested when the object is embraced by the surrounding space and as a result of this acceptance, is brought to life. The contrast between smooth and rough textures, the techniques of polishing versus cutting into surfaces, the difference between circular and linear forms and the combining of an active object within a passive realm are key elements that give the abstract philosophies behind Nagare’s work a solid reality and harmoniously connect the spiritual with the physical.
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