Yasuaki Onishi is not a man of many words. He does not wax poetic about his installations or give flowery descriptions of his inspiration. At 37, using little more than plastic sheets, tree branches and, most importantly, hot glue, the Japanese artist has carved out an aesthetic niche that speaks volumes in its simplicity.
“I hang a tree upside down and drip glue to the ground, connecting the other world to this world and filling the empty space,” he says over Skype. Onishi is preparing to travel to Israel in the coming weeks to present his installation Vertical Emptiness as part of the 8th Fresh Paint Contemporary Art Fair’s International Exhibition.