THE CLUB is pleased to announce “Released Existence on Edges” a solo exhibition by Kishio Suga, one of the leading members of the Mono-ha art movement. This exhibition is held as a retrospective, with the artist's works ranging from the 1980s to 2016. Suga's work freely employs various materials (“mono”) by which he creates a space (“ku-kan”) that interacts with the presence of those materials.
Suga's lifelong interest in nature arises from having spent long periods observing the wilderness from an early age. This is made evident by his frequent use of natural, mostly unprocessed materials such as wood and stone. However, this exhibition pays special attention to "metal" which is man-made materials, such as copper and aluminum. What come to the surface here are the new harmonious relations between different materials (“mono”), as well as the relation between those materials (“mono”) and the space (“ku-kan”). When asked about his own work, Suga often states “my work demonstrates that 'humans' and 'things' are equally valuable.” In joining materials found in nature with man-made materials, the exhibition offers a space simultaneously wild and quiet, interwoven by these two different kinds of materials ("mono").
Kishio Suga (1944～). Born in Morioka city, in northern Japan's Iwate prefecture. Kishio Suga is currently working from a studio he set up in Ito city, Shizuoka prefecture. Since his graduation from Tama Art University's painting department in 1968, Suga has actively worked not only in Japan, where he is a leading member of the Mono-ha school, but he has also been widely shown at many well known international venues, including the 1978 edition of the Venice Biennale. His work has also been featured in a number of exhibitions reviewing post-war Japanese avant-garde art in such museums as The Centre Pompidou and The Guggenheim Museum; at the same time he has become increasingly involved in museum exhibitions since the year 2000 in European and American venues like the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and Dia:Chelsea in New York, just to name a few. In the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017, SUGA was selected to show at “VIVA ARTE VIVA,” and the exhibited work is now collected not only by Japanese museums such as Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, but also by museums all around the world including Tate Modern, Dallas Museum of Art, The Centre Pompidou and M+.