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Yosuke Sasaki was born and grew up in Hokkaido Japan until graduating high school. He had liked drawing since his childhood. When he was second grade student in University of Tokushima he chose art as his major. His first exhibition was when he was a graduate student in University (2005). After graduation, he kept up with his art while he moved to Kamiyama­tyo in Tokushima to work as an employee. In 2010, he had to go back his hometown Hokkaido because he got sick. Throughout his life in Tokushima, he did his exhibition almost every year, and in 2009 he did his first foreign exhibition in NYC. He then returned to his hometown, Hokkaido. Now he is keeping up with his art activities, solo shows and group exhibition in Hakodate museum and participating in Hakodate triennale and so on. His way of representation is installation. His fields of exhibitions are not only in the galleries but in old houses, deserted houses and apartment houses. His installation materials consist of mass produced art works day after day. One of his noticeable works is his drawing work. He has been drawing more than 10 years. He draws almost every day with the same pens on the same papers. Some patterns are drawn in more than 100 pages and others are only drawn in less than 10 pages. But the way of his drawings are always same. A state of his drawing works are changing day by day in the same repetitive way. They reflect his life. Another of his noticeable works is his patterns which look like Japanese spirits. They are often seen in his painting works. However mediums are difference­wooden board, metallic board or etc­, patterns in his paintings are common. For a while he painted eagerly on photos. After he had watched and traced nature forms­trees, clouds and so on­in photos, he found and painted patterns resembling Japanese spirits. An atmosphere in Shikoku influenced to his patterns. His paintings let us feel fear which gets damp. And they seem like Japanese classical fear. The third of his noticeable works are small sculptures whose motifs are worms and insects in his installation. He was deeply influenced from life in Shikoku with many worms and insects. Through that life he really felt that the leaders of the earth are not necessarily human beings. In Shikoku they still have Japanese native customs which has been taken over from old period. Yosuke Sasaki represents an air in the region which certainly exists there, though it’s invisible. The air might has some relation to awe and respect that we felt in front of the force of nature.