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Ikki Miyake

(1973 )
MIYAKE Ikki The Embodiment Of Tree

Christie's
May 31, 2015
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Artworks in Arcadja
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Extracted between 21 works in the catalog of Arcadja
Ikki Miyake - Yoga – Axis

Ikki Miyake - Yoga – Axis

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Lot number: 133
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IKKI MIYAKE (JAPAN, B. 1973) YOGA – AXIS signed, titled and dated \‘Ikki Miyake YOGA–AXIS 2016\’ (incised on the bottom); titled, dated and signed \‘ YOGA-AXIS 2016 Ikki Miyake\’, signed in Japanese (signed on the wooden pillar); titled and signed \‘YOGA AXIS IKKI MIYAKE\’ (incised on the base); inscribed and signed \‘ Base of \“YOGA-AXIS\” IKKI MIYAKE\’ (signed on the bottom of the base) torreya wood sculpture figure: 136.5 × 43 × 37 cm. (53 3/4 × 16 7/8 × 14 5/8 in.) overall: 238 × 69.5 × 69.5 cm. (93 3/4 × 27 3/8 × 27 3/8 in.) Executed in 2016
Ikki Miyake - The Embodiment Of Tree

Ikki Miyake - The Embodiment Of Tree

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Lot number: 132
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IKKI MIYAKE (Japanese, B. 1973) Yoga - The Embodiment of Tree (Vriksha-asana) signed 'IKKI MIYAKE' in English; signed in Japanese; titled in Japanese and English; dated '2008' (engraved on the lower back) bronze sculpture 286.5 x 72 x 48 cm. (112 7/8 x 28 3/8 x 18 7/8 in.) edition 3/5 Executed in 2008
Ikki Miyake - Suashi-kotoba (fascination Of Legs)

Ikki Miyake - Suashi-kotoba (fascination Of Legs)

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Lot number: 458
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Ikki Miyake (B. 1973) Suashi-Kotoba (Fascination of Legs) torreya and camphor wood sculpture 120 x 180 x 90 cm. (47 1/4 x 70 7/8 x 35 1/2 in.) Executed in 2001

三宅一树 素脚词 榧木 樟木 雕塑 2001年作

Literature

Miyuki Gallery, Ikki Miyake Sculpture Exhibition - Suashi-Kotoba, Tokyo, Japan, 2003 (illustrated, unpaged). Bunkamura Gallery, Bunkamura Art Show 2005, Tokyo, Japan, 2005 (illustrated, unpaged).

Exhibited

Tokyo, Japan, Miyuki Gallery, Ikki Miyake Sculpture Exhibition - Suashi-Kotoba, 8-13 December 2003. Tokyo, Japan, Bunkamura Gallery, Bunkamura Art Show 2005, 24-31 August 2005.
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Lot Notes

As Suashi-Kotoba (Fascination of Legs) (Lot 458) makes abundantly clear, Ikki Miyake's inspiration for this series of five pieces was women's legs - perfectly proportioned women's legs. Unlike the other pieces, the first in the series, Suashi-Kotoba, was carved out of Torreya grandis, a species of conifer which Ikki Miyake recognized as precisely the type of wood needed to create the elegant, gentle and slender female form. (It also inspires more spiritual creativity and is used to carve Buddha sculptures) Miyake allows the unique texture of the wood to become the pattern of the foot while its natural beige colour resembles the colour and smoothness of Asian women's skin. To highlight the shape of the legs and strengthen the expressiveness of the sculpture, Miyake deliberately hides the figure's arms and simplistically carves the form from the shoulders to the waist. The simple contour is reminiscent of the cross-legged statue of Pindola Bharadvaja, one of the sixteen arhats, in Todai-ji Temple. Traditional Japanese Buddhist sculptures focus on the face and peaceful gesture depicting the meditative state. Here, Miyake deliberately extends the length of toes without damaging the proportion of the foot, thigh or calf. The relaxed posture of Suashi-Kotoba (Fascination of Legs) shows Miyake's balanced and tranquil mind when working. The artwork of Miyake beautifully exemplifies the remarkable Eastern aesthetic.

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Ikki Miyake - Suashi Kotoba Ii: Fascination Of Legs

Ikki Miyake - Suashi Kotoba Ii: Fascination Of Legs

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Lot number: 2424
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IKKI MIYAKE (Japanese, B. 1973) Suashi Kotoba II: Fascination of Legs kiso-hinoki cypress and camphor sculpture 35.4 x 20 x 38.5 cm. (14 x 7 7/8 x 15 1/8 in.) Executed in 2002

Provenance

Christie's Hong Kong, 25 May 2009, Lot 1027 Acquired from the above by the present owner

Literature

Ikki Miyake Sculpture Exhibition: Suashi Kotoba, exh. cat., Corporate Culture Department Shiseido Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, 2003 (illustrated, unpaged).

Exhibited

Tokyo, Japan, Miyuki Gallery, Ikki Miyake Sculpture Exhibition- Suashi Kotoba, 8-13 December, 2003.

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Ikki Miyake was born in Tokyo in 1973 and received a doctorate from Tama Art University, with a special focus on wood sculpture and research into the aesthetics of different varieties of wood. Suashi Kotoba II (Fascination of Legs) (Lot 2424) was begun in 2000 and derives from one of the two major series of works by this artist. Miyake's wood sculpture combines the elegant lines of female legs with the beauty of wood grain and symbolizes aspects of the Eastern spirit. Contemporary trends in sculpture, in both the East and the West, show sculptors continuing to work in traditional materials while searching for and developing new media with which to shape sculptural forms. Korean sculptor Kwon Oh-Yang, for example, uses simple printed photos as his raw sculptural material; Balloon Dog, by Western sculptor Jeff Koons, uses light metals to simulate the texture of balloons on a larger scale. Miyake likewise gives careful consideration to the expressive potentials of his materials, choosing varieties of wood most representative of those used in East Asian societies, including torreya, cypress, and camphor, which have been traditionally used in Japan for carving precious likenesses of Buddha or exquisite pieces of home furniture. Ancient artisans typically employed the simple, pure earthiness of wood to express a mood of quiet serenity or a calm, composed attitude toward life; wood therefore represents the life ideals of East Asian cultures. Miyake's choice of wood as a medium conveys an Eastern spirit, a search for the spiritual and contemplative, that has seemingly been long forgotten in our current technological age. Wood possesses an inherent, natural grain that Miyake ingeniously exploits to bring out the soft, gentle textures of delicate female skin and hair, the folds of clothing, and the graceful curves of the human body, not to mention the ease and relaxation felt by his subjects as they stretch their legs in front of them. The wood's off-white color is ideal for displaying the color and smooth texture of the Asian female's skin, and the natural living qualities of the wood transform themselves into the subject's peaceful and inner-directed state of mind, making Miyake's creative approach in this work one more expression of an Eastern outlook and the value it places on man's harmonious coexistence with nature. Thus, in the figure it depicts, its theme, and its medium, Suashi Kotoba II fully reflects the era of its creation, yet at the same time gives voice to traditional aspects of Eastern culture, encouraging us to reexamine the importance of those values.
Ikki Miyake - Suashi-kotoba  Torreya And Camphor

Ikki Miyake - Suashi-kotoba Torreya And Camphor

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Lot number: 1368
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IKKI MIYAKE (B. 1973) Suashi-Kotoba (Fascination of Legs) torreya and camphor wood sculpture 120 x 180 x 90 cm. (47 1/4 x 70 7/8 x 35 3/8 in.) Executed in 2001
Provenance
Christie's Hong Kong, 26 May 2006, Lot 376 Acquired from the above by the present owner
Literature
Miyuki Gallery, Ikki Miyake Sculpture Exhibition -Suashi-Kotoba, Tokyo, Japan, 2003 (illustrated, unpaged). Bunkamura Gallery, Bunkamura Art Show 2005, Tokyo, Japan, 2005(illustrated, unpaged).
Exhibited
Tokyo, Japan, Miyuki Gallery, Ikki Miyake Sculpture Exhibition -Suashi-Kotoba, 8-13 December 2003. Tokyo, Japan, Bunkamura Gallery, Bunkamura Art Show 2005, 24-31August 2005.
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Ikki Miyake - Suashi-Kotoba (Fascination of Legs) (Lot 1368),was inspired by female legs and shows the perfect human proportionsand aesthetic body shape. As the first completed work out of aseries of five pieces, Suashi-Kotoba (Fascination of Legs) revealsthe original artistic inspiration of Miyake for this series.Different from other two pieces from the series, Suashi-Kotoba wascarved out of Torreya, a precious and rare wood. Ikki Miyakerecalled that he knew Torreya was the type of wood needed topresent the elegant, gentle and slender female form. Torreya, alsoknown as Torreya grandis, has a distinctive flavor that isconsidered a precious medium and has been used to carve Buddhasculpture in the early Heian Period in Japan. With great skill,Miyake allows the unique texture of trees becomes the pattern ofthe foot while the original beige color of the Torreya wood,naturally represents the color and smoothness of Asian women'sskin.
To highlight the shape of the legs and strengthening theexpressiveness of the sculpture, Miyake deliberately hides thefigure's arms and simplistically carves the form from the shouldersto the waist. The simple contour is reminiscent of the cross-leggedstatue - Pindola Bharadvaja of the sixteen arhats in Todai-jiTemple. Traditional Japanese Buddhist sculptures focus on the mercyface and peaceful gesture showing the meditation state of oneself.Here, Miyake deliberately extend the length of toes withoutdamaging the proportion of foot, thigh and calf. The relaxedposture of Suashi-Kotoba (Fascination of Legs) displays Miyake'sbalanced and tranquil mind when working. The artwork of Miyakebeautifully exemplifies the remarkable thoughts of Easternaesthetic.
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