Dai Ban, ‘I Can't Hold This Any Longer’, 2015, Carrie Haddad Gallery

33 x 28 x 15 inches
fiberglass, wood & Venetian plaster

This contemporary, abstract minimalist free-standing sculpture was made by Japanese artist, Dai Ban in 2015. The elegant minimalist sculpture is incredibly lightweight and has a thin surface layer of smooth Venetain plaster. The abstract geometric planes, painted in a solid white and earthy brown, are conjoined at an angled meeting point as if leaning against each other. The two panels are fortified with a black wood base. The sculpture is extremely lightweight and can be displayed in a multitude of different angles. The Venetian plaster surface is extremely smooth and exhibits some texture from faint marks made with a palette knife. The artist's signature is located on the black wood panel.

Dai Ban presents a new series of minimalist sculpture, completely reinvented from his signature bronze casts of playful animal figurines. In the process of breaking down the representative form, Ban has traded clay and bronze for simple planes of precision board and Venetian plaster. His new choice of materials serve to maintain the lighthearted nature found in the core of his work through the effects of shifting light on color and shadow over various heightened surfaces. Each piece's title, color and position of conjoining planes hints at a subtle story or moment of existence. “Sunsets”, for example, portrays the passage of time with a brilliant blood-orange, changing tone over contrasting levels, alluding to the fading daytime sky. Dai Ban was born in Japan and later studied fine art and sculpture at Tokyo's Musashino Art University. He moved to the United States in 1985 and settled in the Berkshires via New York City, where he now lives and works.

Signature: On black wood base

About Dai Ban

Japanese, based in Great Barrington, MA, United States