Takamasa Kuniyasu

Hillside Gallery

Over the past few years, Takamasa Kuniyasu’s installations have so grown in scale and complexity that they tend to take over their sites. In his latest show Kuniyasu’s bricks and logs filled almost completely the interior of the gallery space, occupied a second-floor office window, and seemed to have spilled out of that window and crawled up the outside walls and along a tree nearby.

After the initial shock one experiences when coming upon the work, one begins to ponder the painstaking meticulousness of it all. Is Kuniyasu’s work a miniature or a monument? Or is it just great matchstick art (a local inclination)? Not only did the artist fire the many thousands of small, butter-stick-size pink and beige clay bricks himself, but over a three-day period he singlehandedly, and ever so patiently, arranged them all, Lincoln-log style. The work may be poetic in an obsessive way, but is it more?

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