Susumu Koshimizu From Surface to Surface 1971, remade 1986

Artwork details

Artist
Susumu Koshimizu born 1944
Title
From Surface to Surface
Date 1971, remade 1986
Medium Wood
Dimensions Displayed: 3000 x 8100 x 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with funds provided by the Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee 2008
Reference
T12822

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Koshimizu investigates the substance of wood by sawing planks into different shapes, exposing their surface qualities through different kinds of repetitive cuts. The geometric lines produced by an industrial saw contrast with the slight irregularities resulting from missing chips, slips of the saw, and rough surface of certain edges. Koshimizu was part of Mono Ha (‘School of Things’), which reacted against the embrace of technology and visual trickery in mid-1960s Japanese art. They sought to understand ‘the world as it is’ by exploring the essential properties of materials, often combining organic and industrial objects and processes.

April 2009

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