Sachiko Kazama, KUROBE GOLD, 2019, woodcut, 51 1⁄8 × 36".

Sachiko Kazama, KUROBE GOLD, 2019, woodcut, 51 1⁄8 × 36".

Sachiko Kazama

Mujin-to Production

Sachiko Kazama has long been committed to challenging the limitations of the woodcut medium. Her works bespeak a spectacular scope of vision: Small vignettes filled with minute details supplement dynamic central compositions on themes ranging from world war and natural disasters to Japanese politics and the Olympics. Full of vividly contrasting black and white, and sometimes extending up to twenty-one feet in length, her woodcuts are impactful, conveying an atmosphere of power and heroism.

In Kazama’s recent exhibition “Cement Cemetery” these traits remained intact, yet the constituent works were more abstracted in form and subdued in feeling. Thematically, the show dealt with the construction of the Kurobe Dam, a massive project on the Kurobe River, about 130 miles northwest of Tokyo, and evokes the manipulation of nature into a man-made order. In the most lyrical piece on view, KUROBE

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