“one of the most important creative forces in contemporary Japanese art”
With an extensive, diverse and innovative body of works executed over the past thirty years, Shinro Ohtake has clearly positioned himself as one of the most important creative forces in contemporary Japanese art. Ohtake’s oeuvre includes drawing, pasted works, painting, sculpture and photography, as well as experimental music and videos, but the activity of cutting and pasting is clearly his most powerful form of expression. Much of his work utilises found images and scraps discarded from urban culture and the mass media, often with reference to the underground music culture. In 1977, Ohtake began his ongoing series of Scrapbooks, for which he is renowned and has to date completed more than sixty.
Released on the occasion of Shinro Ohtake’s exhibition at Parasol unit, London in 2014, the publication includes full-page colour reproductions of the exhibited works. Edited by Dr. Ziba Ardalan, director and curator of Parasol unit, London, it includes two insightful essays by French artist Julien Jonas Bismuth and art historian, writer and independent curator Marco Livingstone.