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Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Koyanagi
Yoshihiro Suda’s hyper-realistic wooden sculptures of plants and flowers can be reminiscent of Japanese netsuke, small carefully carved decorative toggles popular during the Edo period (1600–1868). These detailed floral motifs are also firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese art, often inspired by meticulous depictions of flora and fauna in traditional Japanese painting. His Tree of Spring on the art island of Naoshima, for example, was inspired by Hayami Gyoshū’s paintings of camellias, now an Important Cultural Property. For the artist, the theatrical installation of these sculptures is of the utmost importance and placement in unexpected places – a crack in the pavement or within a traditional tea vase (as his work is exhibited in Japan Society's fall exhibition Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise) – invite close inspection and alter our perception of our environment.
–Courtesy of Japan Society
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