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This work was made by using a hole punch on foil sweet wrappers which Shimamoto
then pasted down and washed with black ink. In this way, it combines new materials, textural possibilities and the trace of its making. Shimamoto was one of the original members of the Gutai Art Association, founded 1954, the name of which has been translated as ‘embodiment’ with implications of direct expression. His practice encompassed performances and actions as well as paintings.

May 2008