12/09/2014 - 31/10/2014
September 12th Galería Elvira
González will inaugurate the new season with first solo show in Spain of
the Japanese artist Yoshihiro Suda. The show will feature the
artist’s small, hyperrealist wood sculptures of plants and flowers.
Suda, the gallery as well as its environment are fundamental for the completion
of the creative act. Suda's sculptures are conceived of as interventions which
are subtly layered over existing space. Each sculpture is only half of the
total work of art; the other half is the work’s installation.
is also a key element in Suda’s work; upon entering the gallery, visitors will
find themselves wondering if something has escaped their attention. Although
viewers will be aware that it is highly unlikely that plants might be growing
from the walls of an art gallery, nonetheless the realism of each sculpture
demands closer inspection. This blurring of the limit between reality and
illusion lends the sculptures a surrealist quality and, in the words of the
artist, “converts the commonplace into the amazing.”
Suda (Yamanashi, Japan, 1969) first developed an interest in
creating carved plant sculptures while still a student at the Tama Art
University in Tokyo in the early 90’s. At the time Conceptual Art was the
dominant mode and the possibility that art might be decorative or aesthetic was
not a high priority; as a result, Suda’s work came on as a surprise. Suda’s
goal was to create artworks that would be unique and yet would not require
familiarity with contemporary art theory to be understood. In fact, Suda’s
self-taught sculptural technique combines traditional carving methods with the
contemporary artistic concept of incorporating everyday life into art.
by the Japanese tradition of large-scale sculpture, Suda made the decision to
exhibit plants and shrubbery, challenging our preconceptions about what
constitutes a “work of art.” At the same time, these sculptures renew
traditional ideas of beauty and craft in art, inviting the viewer to pay
greater attention to the apparently insignificant decoration that might be
found in commonplace objects.
Suda lives and works in Tokyo. His work has been exhibited in
galleries and museums around the world, including the Contemporary Art Centre
of Melbourne (Australia), the Palais de Beaux Arts of Lille (France), the Kyoto
Art Centre (Japan) during the Kyoto Biennial, and the group show Out
of the Ordinary at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. His work
forms part of international collections such as the National Museum of Art in
Tokyo, the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul, the Art Gallery of New South
Wales in Australia, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the New Art
Gallery Walsall in Birmingham, the Jumex Museum Collection in Mexico and the
Benesse House collection in the island of Naoshima (Japan).
exhibition forms part of the Apertura 2014 programme, during which
Madrid’s leading gallery’s will join together to initiate the new season.