Kishio Suga

Tomio Koyama Gallery

Kishio Suga is a representative artist of Mono-ha, the Japanese avant-garde movement of the late ’60s and the ’70s, which presented sculpture as a unique object or “thing” that alters spectators’ perceptions rather than as an aesthetic object. Using everyday and industrial materials, and constructing objects with a minimum show of technique, Mono-ha shared its formal and conceptual goals with Minimalism and arte povera. Suga, in particular, emphasized the importance of the relation between created objects and the surrounding space, as well as the mutual impingement of things placed in relation to one another, resulting in the emergence of a new space. Maintaining that the immediately visible is only part of the complex totality of an object, Suga tried to capture its multiplicity through the changing impressions induced by its surfaces and materials. He considers the spectator an active

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