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Susumu Koshimizu: My Sculptural Expression

Sculptor Susumu Koshimizu explores the essential properties of materials, often combining organic and industrial objects and processes

Susumu Koshimizu is a Japanese artist known for making sculptures that expose the surface quality of different materials. He is considered a key member of the Mono Ha movement ('School of Things'), which reacted against the embrace of technology and visual trickery in mid-1960s Japanese art. The Mono Ha artists sought to understand ‘the world as it is’ by exploring the essential properties of materials, often combining organic and industrial objects and processes. In From Surface to Surface originally made in 1971 and remade in 1986, Koshimizu investigates the substance of wood by sawing planks into different shapes, exposing their surface qualities through different kinds of repetitive cuts.

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Mono-ha

Mono-ha (School of Things) was a pioneering art movement that emerged in Tokyo in the mid-1960s whose artists, instead of ...

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Sculpture

Three-dimensional art made by one of four basic processes: carving, modelling, casting, constructing