New York

Taro Suzuki

Daniel Newburg Gallery

Through the use of figure/ground illusions in his new work, Taro Suzuki questions the “truth” of human perceptions. The fantastic character of Suzuki’s earlier art, especially the organic surrealism of his lava lamps, has been largely preserved in his latest efforts, but in a tone remarkably more austere and direct. It is as if, by creating streamlined versions of his science-fiction fantasy objects, with a more precise rendering of effects and an almost laboratorylike reduction of all extraneous elements, he has been able to convince us that these new, purer models are absolutely scientific.

While we may view with some justified suspicion the sudden appearance of hard-edge geometry in the work of many emerging artists these days, geometric minimalism has been a characteristic of Suzuki’s work for some time–at least simultaneous with, and from similar conceptual roots as, the more celebrated

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