Norio Imai, ‘Work - Quarter’, 1965 -repainted in 2011, Axel Vervoordt Gallery

repainted in 2011

2012: Solo Exhibition 'The Time of Gutai University', Seian University of Art and Design Gallery, Shiga, Japan

Axel Vervoordt (ed.), Ming Tiampo, Midori Yoshimoti and Shoichi Hirai, Norio Imai, exh. cat., Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp, Ghent: AsaMER, 2013: p. 105.

Directly from the artist

About Norio Imai

As part of the avant-garde Gutai Art Group, Norio Imai’s diverse practice has spanned painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, video, and performance. Beginning with monochromatic, minimalist works that explored the sculptural possibilities of painting, he created swells, indentations, and voids in an effort to push the bounds of the two-dimensional surface. To challenge the widespread assumption in postwar Japan that rapid technological innovation would lead to growth, Imai’s forms embodied negative forms of growth such as mutation, dehiscence, and collapse. Working primarily with white, he explored its status both as color and non-color; white paint as present on canvas but also indicative of absence. As his career progressed, Imai extended his explorations to video, often in combination with live performance and photography.

Japanese, b. 1946, Osaka, Japan, based in Osaka, Japan

Solo Shows on Artsy

Norio Imai - Gutai works, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong
White Event, Galerie Richard, Paris
Shadows of Memory, Galerie Richard, Paris
Perspective in White, Galerie Richard, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

Japanese conceptual photography from the 1970's, Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris
Painting into 3D - Linda Besemer, Bram Bogart, Sven-Ole Frahm, Ron Gorchov, Norio Imai, Takesada Matsutani, David Ryan, Galerie Richard, Paris