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Yuji Agematsu, 01-01-2014 ~12-31-2014 (detail), 2014, mixed media, dimensions variable.

Yuji Agematsu

Real Fine Arts

Yuji Agematsu, 01-01-2014 ~12-31-2014 (detail), 2014, mixed media, dimensions variable.

Ideas are “in the air,” one typically hears, and yet today many artists find them beneath their feet. Nowhere is this truer than in the practice of the New York artist Yuji Agematsu, whose work comprises an almost unimaginably minor roster of materials, from half-sucked candies to balls of hair, which the artist finds on his daily wanderings through the city. For his second exhibition at Real Fine Arts, Agematsu presented a calendar year’s worth of his tiny sculptures—365 of them, each a quasi-organic amalgam of refuse and schmutz—which have been potted in the cellophane used to wrap cigarette packs and organized on a series of double-sided shelves. While it was hard to distinguish January from June—or June from July, for that matter—or to know that the work, taken in total, bore an indexical relationship to 2014, the staggered spacing of the sculptures clearly

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