b. 1944, Japan

Kishio Suga Artworks

Kishio Suga's sculptures bridge the transition from post-war avantgarde sculpture and contemporary art in Japan. Often made with raw material, his sculptures leave room to examine the nature of the material and its relationship to site.

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Mono-ha Movement

Suga is one of the key figures of the Mono-ha movement, whose name translates to 'School of Things' in Japanese. One of the earliest works in which the artist explored the material focus of what would become Mono-ha was Layered Space (1968), a clear box containing layers of raw material: sawdust, cotton, ash, plastic dust, and soil. This focus on raw material and its properties is relevant to Suga becoming one of the leading artists in the Mono-ha movement, alongside others including Lee Ufan and Nobuo Sekine.

The Mono-ha movement was interested in 'not making'. Its members considered art or representation to be obsolete, and were interested instead in exploring the properties of pre-existing materials. Suga and other Mono-ha artists used non-conventional but readily available materials in their work, such as concrete, wood, plastic, rock, dirt, and negative space.

Suga's Law of Multitudes (1975), for example, consists of a sheet of plastic stretched over dozens of concrete columns, each topped with a large stone. The work engages both with the different material properties of the plastic and concrete but also with the space created above and below the sheet of plastic.

Site-Specificity

Kishio Suga's work is concerned with the relationship between material and site, and is thus often site-specific. In the late 1970s, Suga regularly performed 'Activations', which involved simple sequences of actions such as gathering, stacking, tossing, or folding. He performed such an activation for the work There: At Each Location in 1976, demonstrating how the meaning of a work is not only contingent on site but also on the ways that our bodies interact with the work.

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Square Pond G by Kishio Suga contemporary artwork sculpture
Kishio Suga Square Pond G, 1986 Coloured iron
60 x 69 x 7 cm
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Floating Units of Perception by Kishio Suga contemporary artwork photography
Kishio Suga Floating Units of Perception, 1973 C-print
20 x 28.3 cm
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Site of Components by Kishio Suga contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Kishio Suga Site of Components, 2013 Wood and paint
39 x 35 x 8 cm
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Progression Toward Extremity by Kishio Suga contemporary artwork sculpture
Kishio Suga Progression Toward Extremity, 2015 Wood, stone and paint
91 x 71 x 8 cm
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Site of Separated Conditions by Kishio Suga contemporary artwork sculpture
Kishio Suga Site of Separated Conditions, 2017 Wood, paint
148 x 123.8 x 8.9 cm
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Leaning (Fragmented Tendency) by Kishio Suga contemporary artwork sculpture
Kishio Suga Leaning (Fragmented Tendency), 2008 Wood, push pins
30 x 20 x 11 cm
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Elapsing Extremities by Kishio Suga contemporary artwork sculpture
Kishio Suga Elapsing Extremities, 2017 Wood, paint
187 x 142.5 x 9 cm
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Critical Plane by Kishio Suga contemporary artwork works on paper
Kishio Suga Critical Plane, 1981 Sandpaper, chalk
67.5 x 55 cm
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Red by Kishio Suga contemporary artwork painting
Kishio Suga Red, 1985 Watercolour
52 x 68 cm
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AS FACTS by Kishio Suga contemporary artwork mixed media
Kishio Suga AS FACTS, 1980 Washi, acrylic
62 x 96 cm
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kei no hairitsu C by Kishio Suga contemporary artwork mixed media
Kishio Suga kei no hairitsu C, 1989 Iron
50 x 50 x 5 cm
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Intersection of Elapsed Factors by Kishio Suga contemporary artwork mixed media
Kishio Suga Intersection of Elapsed Factors, 2017 Wood, paint, branch
72 1/2 x 54 x 6 3/4 inches
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Elapsing Zones by Kishio Suga contemporary artwork mixed media
Kishio Suga Elapsing Zones, 2017 Wood, paint, branches
71 5/8 x 54 3/8 x 5 1/8 inches
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Units of Dependency by Kishio Suga contemporary artwork installation
Kishio Suga Units of Dependency, 1974/2017 Concrete blocks, grass
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Untitled by Kishio Suga contemporary artwork mixed media
Kishio Suga Untitled, 1975 Magic marker and metal on acetate
23.38 x 17.62 inches
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Gathering and Territory—S by Kishio Suga contemporary artwork installation
Kishio Suga Gathering and Territory—S, 1992 / 2017 Wood, metal
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Edges of Gathered Realms by Kishio Suga contemporary artwork installation
Kishio Suga Edges of Gathered Realms, 1993 / 2017 Stone, zinc plates
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Intended Orientation, Cultivated Origins by Kishio Suga contemporary artwork painting
Kishio Suga Intended Orientation, Cultivated Origins, 2015 Abrasive mesh, paint
84.1 x 69.2 cm
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Fieldology by Kishio Suga contemporary artwork installation
Kishio Suga Fieldology, 1974/2015 Rope
Variable dimensions
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Multiple Latencies in Formation by Kishio Suga contemporary artwork installation
Kishio Suga Multiple Latencies in Formation, 2014 Wood, wire
Variable dimensions
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Distant Circulation by Kishio Suga contemporary artwork painting
Kishio Suga Distant Circulation, 1990 Wood, zinc
16.54 x 16.5 x 1.72 inches
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Lateral Enclosure by Kishio Suga contemporary artwork painting
Kishio Suga Lateral Enclosure, 1989 Wood, paint
12.25 x 5.6 x 5.5 inches
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Halted Point by Kishio Suga contemporary artwork painting
Kishio Suga Halted Point, 1990 Plastic, wood
19.6 x 15.36 x 15.06 inches
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Inserted Air - Other Space by Kishio Suga contemporary artwork painting
Kishio Suga Inserted Air - Other Space, 2007 Wood, acrylic, air
19.6 x 14.36 x 7 inches
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