Opportunity No.1



“I see my work as communication—the messages of which are subtle and intuitive. The discoveries I stumble upon through my inquiry into human nature are lasting movements which are carried into the pieces. When sketching forms I seek to find ones which resonate. When the viewer can feel this, the connection has been made. I see this as a celebration of our existence.”



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MotAndRel1

MotAndRel1

Opportunity No.1

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Welcome to the hub of my artwork online!

From here you can connect to news on facebook, follow the sculpting process on instagram or read short stories and poetry supplementing the visual art on my blog. There are slideshow portfolios in each category above and of course a current overview of my endeavors here on the home page. I am reachable at info@mikesasaki.com and appreciate questions and inquiries.

Sculpting in wood is my main line of work. New sculptures are regularly listed for sale on my online Etsy shop where I ship to buyers worldwide. The sculptures can be seen on location in Vancouver, Canada at CCBC Shop & Gallery on Granville Island; Dalbergia on Granville Island (2018 spring/summer exhibit); and in Osaka, Japan at Toi.

Artistic Approach
In the years after graduating from the Design program in 2005, there was much rigorous investigation into certain fields of society and culture; namely: Japanese history and philosophy, history of their writing system, Japanese arts and the influence of Zen, martial arts and human physiology, roles of graphic design in the current world, the english language and its evolution, and the human brain. This led me to Japan where I practiced Shorinji Kempo, a martial art for self-defence and building positive community, for 5 years. While I was in Japan and immersed in the Japanese way of life, there was great learning for someone born and raised in Canada. Upon returning to Canada in 2010 there was an intensifying urge to pursue the inquiry into the human mind, human condition and the field of potentiality. As I started digging into the works and messages from a variety of masterminds I began uncovering beautiful truths that needed no verbal validation — experiential truths providing bits of clarity to immediate perception.
    The current dynamic state of the world with respect to human progression is extraordinarily important and profoundly interesting. We are participants in what could be a very intense and quaking era — where hugely impacting decisions need to be made and will be felt around the surface of the earth. Self-inquiry and the actual state of the world have great relevance to each other. As each individual drops selfish pursuits and falls in love with life totally, the wars will naturally end. We are not close to realizing such a world but the transformation of humanity has already begun. You can see such amazing changes already taking place in the works of the Isha Foundation with Sadhguru as the founder; and Bruce Lipton, a biologist who while working in the mainstream field, discovered that our beliefs could actually change our DNA! Because this idea had no immediate place, of course, in the mainstream industry, he ventured out fearlessly on his own and is now doing great work propagating his findings through the priceless technology we call the internet.
    I have hope for humanity. I know it is possible for the course of evolution to drastically change. You see small examples of love and compassion in everyday life. This is proof of the possibility of change. The more this energy is remembered and acted upon, the more fundamental change will occur — so it is a matter of scale and proportion rather than discovery. I continue to self-inquire and seek to discard destructive psychological constructs picked up blindly from tradition and ignorance. I am currently grappling with falsehoods preventing the connection with "source", the root of being, the field of powerful emptiness. It is from this place that I work. With my background in drawing and design and with the help of theoretical physics, I seek to discover abstract forms which represent the existence or "isness" of this field of vast potential and its all-pervasive containment within our sensory experiences. I explore topics such as: psychological time and space, non-dualism in form and formlessness, subtleties of motion and the significance of geometry and line, the importance of parts within the whole or the whole as inseparable from the parts, mathematical order and its relationship to pure perception, the parallels in quantum and relativity theory with taoism, yoga, tai chi, hinduism, buddhism and Western religions as well, the ego vs. holistic perception, the individual and the community, loneliness and human nature, evolution theory vs. intervention theory, and knowing and the unknown. I hope that my work will resonate with others and together we can bask in the joy of life, love and nature.


On Location

At Craft House


At Dalbergia: Wood & Fine Objects during August 2017

At Lillian Gallery
At Dalbergia August 2018


Sculpture Process





Biography

I was born in Toronto, Canada in 1982. I practiced drawing a lot as a child out of enjoyment. I was also taught woodworking from my father at a young age. In high school I started using clay for sculptures. I graduated from the York University/Sheridan College Honours Bachelor Program in Design in 2005. There, I implemented my drawings into my designs quite often. I was especially interested in the book design course because we learned how to bind books by hand and it gave me an opportunity to write, illustrate, design and bind a volume. This allowed for a totally integrated design where the paper's texture relates to the theme of the book, the dust jacket design relates to the stitching style, etc. I went on to live in Tokyo for 5 years deepening my investigation into Japanese culture and philosophy, and practicing Shorinji Kempo - a martial art. The gardens, block prints, festivals, tea ceremony and architecture were deeply inspiring. I worked illustrating teaching material, designing new year's cards, and illustrating t-shirts. When I returned to Canada I worked at Lynrich Arts in Toronto where I provided graphic design, illustration, and art teaching. I have been doing freelance graphic design and illustration since 2005. I started using wood as my main mode of expression since realizing in 2011 that it was my choice medium. The ideas and concepts for the sculptures were developed shortly thereafter. I currently live in Vancouver, Canada.