|Brian Bowden | profile | all galleries >> Glass ORBits - Contemporary Art Glass Marbles and Other Art Glass For Sale! >> Yoshinori Kondo Marbles and Pendants For Sale >> "Yabame" Size: 2.33" Price: SOLD||tree view | thumbnails | slideshow|
This is a collaboration that Yoshi put together using THREE of Takao Miyake's amazing cabs in the design. This is one of the first three Yoshi-Takao collabs ever created, made specially for the July, 2015 All Japan Show in Tokyo, Japan. I know your eyes have exploded out of your skull right now after you glanced at the pics, so get those things back in their sockets and then I'll tell you more about it.
Yoshi named this one Yabame which is a combination of two words, Yabai, a slang term meaning 'super cool and awesome' and Me which means eye. So this is basically a super awesome eye, or super awesome and cool eye as Yoshi put it, ha. Yoshi and Takao saw this as the Eye of the Tuna, and we know how important the tuna is to the Japanese culture. As you gaze into the depths and layers and complexity of this masterpiece, your own eyes will become forever more awesome in the process. It is inevitable!! There is so much going on here that it truly is hard to comprehend how Yoshi could possibly pull off something like this. This is the first time I've seen him do one that has a double axis like this, and the effect is hard to even describe. You truly won't know which side to display, ha! A daily rotation schedule will most likely be required. That opal eye with Yoshi's signature opal on top of it is really breathtaking, and good gosh, when you hit this marble with the black light, it comes alive EVEN MORE than you previously realized was possible. So much work, and all so perfectly aligned. This is glass of the highest caliber in the world right here my friends - truly, truly legendary work like the world has never seen before. Oooooh, you don't even KNOW how hard it is to let this one go, especially now that I've had it for a little while and gotten to explore even further. HA - and I didn't even mention Takao's sections yet!! Incredible dot pattern work that is melded so wonderfully into Yoshi's design, the colors, the pattern, the everything. Two incredible talents in one marble, and SO MUCH of it. I feel like I should keep talking for another hour, but I shall stop. To sum up, Yoshi's dot-stacking precision coupled with Takao's tiny dot-laying precision is almost too much for the human mind to handle.
To showcase his amazing creations, Yoshi has created special boxes to ship, display and store the marbles in. The last two pics show one of these boxes, and it comes complete with a removable black felt base which the marble can rest on either inside or outside of the box, depending on where you want to place the base. There are two nice little black pillows inside the box which hold the marble in place as the box clicks shut. It is a heavy, extremely well-crafted box that is lacquered to a deep, shiny black finish. This box then comes inside another black storage box. The whole design is extraordinarily brilliant, bringing a touch of class to marbles that deserve it far above and beyond all others. Yoshi is an artist at the highest level of artistry, and he respects his work on a level like it truly should be respected. Please forgive the bright shining dust in the pics - some of those particles fought a tough battle in trying to cling to this beautiful box. The box is WAAAAY better in hand, trust me.