Keiji Uematsu, ‘Tree - Rope - Man’, 1975, Japan Society Benefit Auction 2017

Courtesy of Yumiko Chiba Associates

Emerging in the late 1960s, Keiji Uematsu is known for projects that synthesize sculpture and performance to explore the dynamic, though unseen, natural forces that govern our bodies, such as gravity and tension. In the early 1970s, he began to incorporate photography into his practice as a documentary, and ultimately aesthetic, mode of capturing his own body’s interaction with space. This silkscreen, produced in 1975, is based on a photograph from the series Construction of Space Relation—Tree/Rope/Man (1972), which shows the artist holding his body in a stiff position as his lifts himself along the length of a tree using his legs and a rope tether, in essence turning his body into a lever. Based in both Osaka and Dusseldorf, Uematsu represented Japan at the 1988 Venice Biennale and has gone on to receive numerous awards, including the 2013 Teijiro Nakahara Award, Japan’s most prestigious prize for master sculptors.
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