Kensuke Yamada: Ramune Candy Roll features nine life-sized youthful figures created for the opening of the Windgate Museum of Art. Yamada’s sculptures are an expression of his innate playfulness and tempered by his respect for the universality of the human experience. The artist hollow builds his figures to create a space within each one for the energy or soul of the idea he expresses. Their postures, gestures, expressions, and finishing suggest a narrative for a moment in time, to provide a connection between his artwork and the viewer.
Born and educated in Japan, Yamada earned a second BA degree in ceramics at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and his MFA at the University of Montana in 2009. Yamada was a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana and The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a visiting artist prior to accepting a position as an instructor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The exhibition was curated by Barbara Satterfield, WMA Interim Associate Director with assistance from Museum Associates Hannah Samuel and Adaja Cooper.
Learn more about the artist and his art in this studio visit.