Noriyuki Haraguchi
Airpipe C 1969

Artwork details

Airpipe C
Date 1969
Medium Acrylic paint on canvas mounted on plywood
Dimensions Object: 1240 x 1550 x 360 mm
Acquisition Purchased with funds provided by the Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee 2013

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Haraguchi is from Yokosuka, the primary US naval base in Japan during the Vietnam War. He has said he came to understand ‘the true nature of creativity’ after watching a jet fighter being transported onto the naval base in 1968. He handcrafted a full-scale reproduction of the jet’s tail and made a related series of Airpipe constructions that resemble the jet engine exhausts. Bulging out from the wall, this piece demonstrates Haraguchi’s ability to combine a minimalist sculptural vocabulary with the aesthetics of militarism and heavy industry, raising questions about the environment, modernisation and war.

January 2016

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