Susumu Koshimizu

From Surface to Surface

1971, remade 1986

Artist
Susumu Koshimizu born 1944
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

Display caption

Koshimizu investigates the substance of wood by sawing planks into different shapes, exposing their surface qualities through different kinds of repetitive cuts. 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.

Gallery label, January 2016

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