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Minimalist Grouping III | Public Sculptures by Kazuki Takizawa / KT Glassworks | California Wellness Foundation in Los Angeles
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Minimalist Grouping III - Public Sculptures

Featured In California Wellness Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

Installation at the California Wellness Foundation
Kazuki Takizawa
Minimalist Grouping III, 2020
Glass, Concrete, 27”x72”x15”

Kazuki Takizawa is a Japanese glass artist based in Los Angeles. As an artist who lives with bipolar disorder, Takizawa elucidates human emotions in the shimmering, and fragile form of glass. Passion, turmoil self-expression, and mental health are the driving forces behind his approach to sculpture.

Inspired by Minimalists gurus Millburn and Nicodemus, Takizawa’s vessels explore the link between two ideologies; chaos and minimalism. This series was created using both traditional Italian glass techniques, and unorthodox glass color patterning. These methods create many layers of dense, complex and chaotic patterns that are ultimately realized through a simple and direct form. These works are restricted to a dichromatic color palette of black and white as a representation of the rigid choices one must make in order to attain a minimal lifestyle.

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression is a mental illness that brings severe high and low moods and changes in sleep, energy, thinking, and behavior.

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Meet the Creator
Wescover creator since 2020
As an artist who lives with bipolar disorder, Kazuki Takizawa uses glass as a means to explore his inner reality and destigmatize mental illness. In an aim to give the invisible shape, Takizawa crafts elaborate vessels and installations, each with a unique story. Universally rooted in a dialogue around mental health, his series examines broad themes such as attaining minimalism among chaos as well as personal narratives around family, and his individual challenges. Takizawa has traveled to numerous communities in and outside the US to share his work and act as an advocate for mental illness. His practice offers an uncommon and inclusive space to increase awareness and start a conversation.

Takizawa is a Japanese glass artist based in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a BFA in glass art in 2010 and currently owns and runs a glassblowing studio called KT Glassworks.