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Dai Ban Art

Dai Ban (JAPAN)

Dai Ban received his education from Musashino Art University in Tokyo and currently lives in the Berkshires. With a background that includes theater set design, model making for TV commercials and films, and jewelry design, Ban’s abstract sculptures break conventional standards, serving balance between reflection and reprieve. Ban came to the United States in 1985 and moved from New York City to the Berkshires in 1993. As a trained artist, Ban used to make figurative sculptures. Ban always prepared sketches, maquettes and plans. Ban knew in advance what the sculptures would look like in the end. Statements explaining them accompanied these works. They had their meanings in place, already fixed behind them. There were no surprises, no conversation between him and the piece being made. Ban was simply recreating with his hands what he had already finished in his head. When Ban realized this and felt how limited it was, he stayed away from making any sculpture for nearly 10 years. In Ban’s work now, the form comes first. Ban chose the simplest tools and materials for the process: a Xacto knife, a straightedge, hot glue and form core board. The process goes fast. Ban avoids intentional thoughts. What happens then seems to emerge from some deep subconscious reservoir: maybe from childhood, maybe from an unconscious feeling in the moment, maybe from something beyond this lifetime. Ben just let it come out until the form feels right. There is a sense of freedom from conscious deliberation. Ban creates for himself a three-dimensional blank canvas with which he is in conversation. Subtle colors come in; Ban may add more colors, take colors out, conversing back and forth. During this process, the light changes; the form looks different even when nothing has changed; the sensed conversation changes, the meaning changes. Finishing the surface is a discipline in itself. Ban avoids decorating it but tries to keep it pared down to what is essential. With hundreds of iterations of the same movements, the same strokes, Ban applies acrylic compound to each surface until he finds the right colors, the right shades, the right textures. Finally, the title crystallizes as a hint to what is happening in his piece. The conversation keeps going, between him and the unknown, until everything is settled into place. Ban is not sure if he expects people to see his work in any special way. Ban certainly doesn't want to impose his ideas. Still, when Ban feels his sculpture is right, he is hoping the viewer will too, and this will allow their first impressions to subside and pre-conceived notions to fall away. Then, perhaps, a deep unconscious process will unfold in response. Each piece, itself a record of a conversation, hopefully, will call the viewer into his or her dialogue with it, where meaning is created in the moment.

(Biography provided by Carrie Haddad Gallery)
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Black Mirror (Minimalist Horizontal Japanese Abstract Wall Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
Black Mirror (Minimalist Horizontal Japanese Abstract Wall Sculpture) by Japanese born artist, Dai Ban, in 2019 35 x 52 x 7.5 inches Precision board, Venetian plaster and pigment ...
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2010s Abstract Dai Ban Art

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Plaster, Board, Pigment

Closing Gate (Minimalist 3-D Abstract Wall Sculpture in Bright White)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
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2010s Abstract Dai Ban Art

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Plaster, Board, Acrylic

Parallel Window (Minimalist Abstract Wall Sculpture in White & Pale Blue)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
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2010s Abstract Dai Ban Art

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Board, Plaster, Pigment

Shrine of Dancers (Minimalist Abstract Gold Leaf Wall Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
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2010s Abstract Dai Ban Art

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Gold Leaf, Acrylic, Board

I Wish I Could Talk To My Brother (Minimalist Abstract Grey Wall Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
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2010s Minimalist Dai Ban Art

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Plaster, Foam Board, Pigment

Becoming a Dark Thing in the Night (Minimalist Abstract Black Wall Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
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2010s Abstract Dai Ban Art

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Plaster, Foam Board, Pigment, Wax

If You Touch Me, I Will Push You to the End (Yellow Abstract Wall Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
Minimalist abstract three dimensional wall sculpture in sunflower yellow "If You Touch Me, I Will Push You to the End," by Japanese born artist, Dai Ban, in 2019 32 x 30 x 6 inches P...
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2010s Minimalist Dai Ban Art

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Lacquer, Board, Plaster

Descendant of Cubist (Deep Red Burgundy Minimalist Abstract Wall Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
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2010s Minimalist Dai Ban Art

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Plaster, Lacquer, Board

It's Raining Here I Wish I Had an Umbrella (Minimalist White Wall Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
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2010s Art Deco Dai Ban Art

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Plaster, Foam Board

Sunsets (Minimalist Abstract Orange Wall Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
17 x 42 x 7 inches precision board and venetian plaster This horizontal contemporary, abstract minimalist wall sculpture was made by Japanese artist, Dai Ban in 2017. The elegant mi...
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2010s Minimalist Dai Ban Art

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Plaster, Polyurethane

Black and White (Minimalist Abstract 3D Wall Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
18 x 24 x 8 inches styrofoam and venetian plaster Black and white three dimensional floating high contrast wall sculpture with clean lines Dai Ban presents new series of minimalis...
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2010s Minimalist Dai Ban Art

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Plaster, Polyurethane

It's Raining Here, I Wish I Had an Umbrella With Me (White Minimalist Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
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2010s Minimalist Dai Ban Art

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Plaster, Foam Board

Forest Talks (Minimalist 3D wall Sculpture in Black, Green, White and Gray)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
21 x 29 x 8 inches styrofoam and Venetian plaster Wire on the back for easy installation Dai Ban presents a new series of minimalist sculpture, completely reinvented from his signat...
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2010s Art Deco Dai Ban Art

Materials

Plaster, Polyurethane

I Can't Hold This Any Longer (Geometric Abstract Minimalist Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
33 x 28 x 15 inches fiberglass, wood & Venetian plaster This contemporary, abstract minimalist free-standing sculpture was made by Japanese artist, Dai Ban in 2015. The elegant min...
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2010s Contemporary Dai Ban Art

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Fiberglass, Plaster, Wood

Kneeling Figure (Modern Abstract Minimalist Standing Sculpture in White & Black)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
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2010s Contemporary Dai Ban Art

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Plaster, Acrylic Polymer, Foam Board

Take a Tank to Kill a Little Sparrow (Abstract Minimalist Standing Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
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2010s Contemporary Dai Ban Art

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Fiberglass, Plaster, Acrylic Polymer, Foam Board

Just Lean on Me (Contemporary Minimalist Standing Sculpture in Green & Black)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
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2010s Minimalist Dai Ban Art

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Fiberglass, Plaster, Acrylic Polymer, Foam Board

How She Can Dance So Beautifully (Modern Minimalist Abstract Wall Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
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2010s Contemporary Dai Ban Art

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Plaster, Foam Board

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