manebi 2007

The Japanese term manebi comprises meanings of two words: manabi (learning) and mane (imitation). However, learning is in certain measure, imitation but also, limitation.Thus I strive to imitate and to learn from the movements of nature. In this work, nature created the first pattern. An impact has left it’s intricated, sophisticated mark on a folio tempered glass. The result is totally hazardous and physical. The second glass board works as an imitation product of the first panel: every line of the natural impact imprint has been recorded on a support. Than on a panel of simple clear glass, the graphic has been transferred again, by hand and line by line, one at a time. The process is not the impact anymore, it’s an artificial rendering: the cuts effect in glass is obtained by acid etching, using plastic sealing to isolate the glass.material: glass, LED light, iron / 100×200×90cm, 2pieces

tear 2016

The theme of this work is phenomena and interrelation that originate from material transformation by hands. Whereas one glass piece has been engraved for months, another is cracked in an instant. The two pieces contrast the artificial beauty with the natural beauty simultaneously. Interpreting the contrastive expression in the same materials, we could realize that all things and acts are originally equivalent. I think this is the essential thought on the sculpture.Related videos: material: glass / 60×190×70cm, 2pieces

#glass 2017

I have been interested in the relation between imitation and creation. In the process of imitation, many innovative ideas have arisen. We do not often notice it. In this work, I imitated a thing resulting from natural movements. Firstly, an impact against one glass board makes intricate and sophisticated cracks. Its pattern is totally the accidental and physical one. Secondly, the pattern is transferred to another glass board by hand, line by line. The glass is sculptured by hand grinder. The making process of the work is no longer based on the natural movement. It is an artificial act which transforms the existence at that moment.Related videos: material: glass, LED, aluminum / 40×300×60cm, 2pieces

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Tets Ohnari


1980 Born in Tokyo, Japan
2007 Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (AVU)
2008 Tokyo University of the Arts (TUA), Master’s Degree of Arts
Solo Exhibitions
2016 TEZUKAYAMA Gallery (Osaka, Japan)
2016 Jan Koniarek Gallery (Trnava, Slovakia)
2014 Dai-ichi Life South Gallery (Tokyo, Japan)
Group Exhibitions
2019 INVALIDOVNA (Prague, Czech Republic)
2017 SIGNAL festival (Prague, Czech Republic)
Artist-in-residence & Sculpture Symposium & Biennale
2019 Egon Schiele Art Centrum (Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic)
2017 The Biennial of Small Scale Sculpture Pezinok 2017 5th year
 (Trnava, Pezinok, Bratislava, Wroclaw / SK, PL)
2016 International Flat Glass Symposium Dubnica (Dubnica nad Vahom, Slovakia)
Competitions & Awards
2017 Nominated by the 4th CAF ART AWARD (Tokyo, Japan)
2016 Nominated by The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa 2016 (Ishikawa, Japan)
Grants & Scholarships
2020 Japan Artists Association
2019 Nomura Foundation

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