HORIO Sadaharu

*1939 in Kobe

Sadaharu Horio, born in 1939 in Kobe, is a third-generation Gutai artist and a pioneer in modern Kobe performance art. His influence on Japan’s contemporary art scene is significant.

He plucks various found objects-including household objects, string, bits of wood, branches, roots, planks, crates, boxes, stones, and a leather bag-in order to use them as surfaces on which to paint, it is certainly not a matter of aestheticization, or of raising the banal to the level of an artwork. What he does also has little to do with painting in the strict sense of the word, but rather with the ritual of an ever-repeating practice. Every day, regardless of what is happening around him, or whether the earth may be trembling, he applies paint to the objects. To avoid making the choice of color himself, he sticks to the sequence of colors in the paint box. He thereby avoids everything that is connected with subjectivity, because what he does could be done just as well by anyone else and could be endlessly continued. By always branding diverse objects in the same manner, he thereby unites them into a whole. The paint is the link between mankind and the movements of the cosmos. Instead of portraying his own lifetime, it is the infinitude of time that is so wonderfully revealed here.

Atsuo Yamamoto, curator of The Museum of Modern Art in Shiga (Japan) describes Horio’s work as follows: "The idea of creating so many drawings are connected to the issue of life and time.  All his works are done under the one theme, to make "invisible" into visible.  He always tries to grasp air (emptiness) or time, so essential for human-beings but hard to recognize.  So many drawings are visualize of time (his life), so his sign with date is conceptually very important."


Feb 11 Spirit of Gutai

External Exhibitions
Jul 12 The National Art Center, Tokyo

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