Kishio Suga 菅木志雄, ‘PROTRUSION 88F’, 1988, Tokyo Gallery + BTAP

Image rights: Courtesy the artist and Tokyo Gallery + BTAP

About Kishio Suga 菅木志雄

Kishio Suga is a leading figure of the Mono-ha movement—Japanese for “the school of things”— known for their radical use of elemental materials. He studied oil painting, but is best known for his multi-media sculptures, installations, and spatial interventions. Suga describes his process as one of “re-conceptualization” and of discovering the “unfamiliar phrasing” of what appears familiar in day-to-day life. He favors the use of commonly found-though-unconventional artistic materials, like timber, rock, sand, concrete, and empty space. Using this limited array, the artist explores the relationships and potential associations that arise from combining objects. Suga also makes works on paper with more frequency at the beginning of his career.

Japanese, b. 1944

Solo Shows

1989
Kamakura Gallery, 
Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo, Japan,
Scenery of Defiant Stature
1986
Kamakura Gallery, 
Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo, Japan,
Square Pond

Group Shows

2018
Kamakura, 
Surface of Things
2017
Shibuya-ku,
2016
Shibuya-ku,
2014
SBI artfolio, 
Tokyo,
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