Kishio Suga is one of the artist from “Mono-ha” which is stormed Japanese art movement between the end of 1960s and 1970s. After he learned from Yoshishige Saito at university, he used such as wood, stone, metal fragment, and glass sheet as materials of his artworks, and placed them in the exhibition space. “Thing” and “body”, “thing” and “space”, “center” and “surrounding”- these “thing” he strips away preexisting concepts related the materials.
“There is no such thing as ‘form’ until it is cognized from the infinite phenomena around us. Form is created by our consciousness which selects according to our needs or abilities. Everything is interdependent without definition, until we become aware of one aspect; then ‘form’ emerges for the first time.” (Kishio Suga)
It does not bias to the theory, his artwork always lies between the body and artwork itself in the production process. The conception of “artwork must be seen like this” is denied and he plays the most radical approach to his artwork. After 1990s, his thought has been introducing in exhibitions not only in Japan but all over the world. In 1995, his artwork circulated to the exhibition of at The Museum of Fine Arts Gifu. Also the exhibition of at The National Museum of Art, Osaka, at Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, and Yokohama Museum of Art in 1994 and it went to Guggenheim Museum Soho.
The exhibition this time at Tomio Koyama Gallery shows the video work which is in his performance called [Activation]. Also there is the photography work of his outdoor performance which looks back on the starting point of him. Add to these, three new sculptures are exhibited. Suga himself will do the performance called [Activation] at opening party (February 18, 4:00pm).
Tokyo Gallery will also have the exhibition of Kishio Suga from Feb.18 to Mar.11th.
Kishio Suga was born in Morioka city, Iwate Prefecture in 1944. In 1968 he graduated from the Department of Painting at Tama Art University, and served as a central member of the art movement Mono-ha that took place from the late 1960s to the 1970s. For over 50 years since, Suga has continued to pursue a consistent philosophy and actively develop his artistic practice, paving his own unique path as one of the leading figures of Postwar Japanese art in our times. Even in recent years when the reevaluation of Mono-ha has been gaining much international recognition, he persists in further deepening his contemplation, with his unfaltering passion and enthusiasm for his practice serving to define the presentness of his work.
Since his first solo exhibition in 1968, Suga has presented work on over 400 occasions in numerous exhibitions both within Japan and abroad. Recent years in particular have seen remarkable developments and achievements in his career. He was selected for the 57th Venice Biennale, “VIVA ARTE VIVA” I 2017, receiving high acclaim for Law of Situation in which he recreated of one of his early representative works in the form of an installation floating on water. In that same year Suga participated in the group exhibition “Japanorama: New Vision of JAPAN from 1970,”curated by Yuko Hasegawa that was held at the Centre Pompidou-Metz in France. In 2018, solo exhibitions of his works were held concurrently across three venues in Tokyo at THE CLUB (Ginza), Tomio Koyama Gallery (Roppongi), and 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery (Shibuya). This year, Suga was invited to serve as a guest artist for “30th Anniversary of the Yokohama Museum of Art: Meet the Collection” (~until June 23, 2019) to create unique encounters between his own works and those he selected from the museum collection.
Suga’s works were added to the collections of the Centre Pompidou and Dia: Chelsea in 2018, and are also housed in numerous prominent museums throughout the world including the Tate Modern, Dallas Museum of Art, M+, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.