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Yuuki Matsumura

Take Ninagawa

Yuuki Matsumura’s exhibition “Almost-Dead Sculpture” was about the suspension of disbelief. The moment viewers entered the gallery, they were challenged to account for what are, ostensibly, oversize crumpled balls of glossy magazine stock featuring provocatively posed nudes. These turned out to be made of paper-thin steel panels with X-rated images printed on them. Matsumura had manipulated the panels to look like crumpled paper—discarded pages torn out of porn magazines—strategically placing the protruding shapes of body parts within these images to emphasize the sculptures’ volume. The improbability of the objects, already suggested by their massive size, was stressed even more by their placement. Installed all across the gallery floor and even suspended from the ceiling, the sculptures occupied a liminal space relating to both motion and stillness. As the series’s name—“Almost-Dead

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