Kishio Suga

Touko Museum of Contemporary Art

Kishio Suga’s work is concerned with the limits of space and the ambiguities of the liminal. The most striking of these new works is Shui-Naishigaikan (Gathered/Surrounded: Branches Inside, Trunks Outside, 1990). Four large glass boxes arranged in a stepped formation were pierced in their centers by aluminum rods of differing diameters. While it might be seen as an embodiment of pure idea, this work also possessed a mystery comparable to that of the monolith at the end of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. One tries to line up the four rods, but their reflections extend beyond themselves, floating freely and establishing multiple visions and unsettling planes. The boxes define four related spaces, which together form a larger space that their transparency makes available.

Another large piece, Ikei (Surrounded view, 1990), consisted of long pieces of aluminum forming a low rectangular

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