San Francisco

Sokichi Suga

Lucien Labaudt Gallery

In the course of teaching blind children Suga devised a method of gluing wrinkled rice paper with lines in raised relief and occasionally collaged articles, which give tactile as well as visual pleasure to his paintings. Even the paint is applied with variety and consideration of the tactility of its surface. One piece has a smooth oval stone glued down; another has a mosaic of small bits of broken eggshell. He used no brushes or other instruments. Everything was applied quite literally by hand. The essential symmetry of several of these pictures is probably out of the tradition of Japanese crafts rather than a bow to the recent western innovation. The colors are subdued. These paintings are modest, but elegant, modern, but timeless as a vase.

Knute Stiles