‘drop in time’, a solo exhibition of works by Japanese-born, Paris-based artist, Takesada Matsutani opens next month at Hauser & Wirth Somerset. –
From the early 1960s to the early 1970s, Matsutani was a key member of the Gutai Art Association (1954 – 1972), Japan’s innovative and influential art collective of the post-war era. Inspired by blood samples he had viewed under a microscope, Matsutani began to develop his signature style of circular, bubble-like forms from blobs of vinyl glue that he deposited on the surfaces of his canvases. By working closely with the material, he embodied an important aspect of Gutai: letting the material and spirit work in conjunction with one another to create something new. –
In 1970, Matsutani joined a silkscreen studio in Paris and began creating colorful versions of his earlier vinyl-glue paintings, using black and white photographs. This important body of work offers a fascinating counterpoint to Matsutani's paintings and is acknowledged by the artist as fundamental to the development of his practice. A line can be traced from the imagery Matsutani first saw when looking at blood cells, through his use of vinyl glue, to the imagery on the plates – he is always investigating the cycle of life, death and rebirth and a universal truth that resides in the state of flux.
Opening Friday 28 September 2018, the exhibition has been organized in collaboration with Olivier Renaud-Clément, and includes new paintings and a site-specific installation, alongside a selection of prints dating from the 1960s. In addition, a series of never-before-seen assemblages will be on view, offering an insight into the breadth of the artist’s practice.
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1. Takesada Matsutani, Propagation 100-S, 1969. Takesada Matsutani
2. Kate Van Houten’s silkscreen studio, Paris, 1977. Photo: Matsutani - 6 hours ago