Susumu Koshimizu Exhibition

Blum & Poe

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[Image: Susumu Koshimizu Working Table (97), 1976-1997 Japanese hemlock wood 32 x 58.3 x 37.8 inches Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo]

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Koshimizu was one of the core figures of Mono-ha (School of Things), a movement that radically redefined the Japanese art scene during the late 1960s and early 1970s with ephemeral installations of natural and industrial materials. From early on, Koshimizu’s investigation of material, surface, and space resulted in some of Mono-ha’s most iconic artworks. At the Paris Youth Biennale in 1971, he exhibited From Surface to Surface (Wooden Logs Placed in a Radial Pattern on the Ground) (1971), a circular arrangement of thirty pine beams sliced at varying intervals and angles.

In the mid-1970s, Koshimizu began his Working Table series, which develops the ideas initially explored in From Surface to Surface. The surfaces of these sculptures are variously incised with pools of water, or supplemented with stacks of branches and elongated protrusions reminiscent of horns or ribs. Koshimizu has expert knowledge of carving, joinery, and the qualities of wood and has made sculptures out of pine, cedar, cherry, birch, cypress, hemlock, paulownia, oak, maple, chestnut, and zelkova.

Koshimizu debuted his Working Table series internationally at the Venice Biennale in 1976. However, the sculptures were lost at the close of the show. The Working Tables in this exhibition are conceived as a variation of these lost works, consisting of four tables whose carved surfaces form an interlocking series of geometric patterns. Juxtaposed against the gallery’s expansive view of the Meiji Shrine forest, these sculptures are a meditation on the quality of wood in its natural and manmade states.

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from May 14, 2016 to July 02, 2016

Opening Reception on 2016-05-14 from 18:00 to 20:00

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