Taiji Matsue

Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum

Going to the opposite extreme from the blurry vision of Daido Moriyama, his primary influence, Taiji Matsue asserts relentless visibility, dissolving perspective in the glare of sharp outlines and in the accumulation of self-assertive details, to convey a new kind of anti-humanist vision. Matsue’s conceptual attitude is most evident in his black-and-white work. Photographed with a 4x5 camera, uninhabited fields and mountainsides, sprinkled with trees and rocks, appear as flat picture planes covered with tiny dots or sharp lines. With homogeneous intensity, each dot or line calls for special attention, breaking down a hierarchy between center and periphery. At the same time, the repetition of similar forms creates an evocative rhythm. In texture resembling drawings or etchings, the photos convey a sense of process and tactility. The effect is comparable to the experience of what Anton

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