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Artists Ken and Julia Yonetani will be making a special visit from Japan to RMIT Gallery to talk about their captivating work in the Japanese Art After Fukushima exhibition at RMIT Gallery.
Their stunning works use vintage uranium glass borosilicate tubing and emit a green, unnatural glow which is made by the uranium reacting to a UV bulb.
Renowned art critic Robert Nelson (The Age, SMH) wrote at length about the poetic qualities in the Yonetani’s work, and called the exhibition, curated by Linda Williams, “collected and thoughtful”, praising its relevance to the environmental themes presented in the excellent festival, Art + Climate = Change, which gathers local and international artists working with environmental ideas.
Don’t miss this relevant and powerful exhibition, which ends on Saturday 30 May at 5 pm.
Hear Ken and Julia Yonetani talk about the unusual materials they use in their works, such as uranium glass, to provide thought-provoking contemporary installations.
As Ken Yonetani explained to Art Radar about working with the slightly radioactive uranium glass used in the chandeliers, two of which are on display at RMIT Gallery: “Some specialists say it is safe for our health, but we wanted to work quickly to finish the installation…the number of chandeliers we had to do was 31 and it took two years. We are still alive!”
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