S|2 London presents an exhibition of works focusing on the 1970s period by Japanese artist Tsuyoshi Maekawa in Gallery One.
Born in Osaka, Maekawa joined the Gutai Art Association in 1962 and, under the tutelage of Jiro Yoshihara, experimented with burlap (hessian) on canvas as a means of creating expressive reliefs. In accordance with the Gutai practice, Maekawa sought to let matter speak for itself.
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‘If one leaves matter as it is, and simply presents it as matter, it begins to tell us something and even cries out.’ (Gutai Manifesto)
After the passing of its founder, Jiro Yoshihara, the Gutai group dissolved in 1972. While for many it symbolised the end of an era, it also paved the way for its erstwhile members to evolve and re-invent their artistic methods and processes. Maekawa took this as an opportunity to discover an original approach to material abstraction. He had little contact with the other members and began to incorporate new processes, such as his use of a sewing machine, and media other than burlap, such as paper, cloth and linen.
The effect was much more subdued than many of the Gutai “happenings” of the previous decade. Maekawa himself states: “I set out to make something original.” His works of the 1970s reveal a contemplative delicacy which invites his viewers to marvel at his fabrics as vibrant, unalloyed matter.
The exhibition in Gallery One at S│2 is focused primarily on the artist’s post-Gutai practice, with works dating from as early as 1969 through to 1978.Courtesy of the artist and Sotheby‘s S|2 Gallery, London
Tsuyoshi Maekawa, UNTITLED, 1971. Signed in Japanese and English ‘maekawa’ (lower right); signed in Japanese and English and dated ‘T. Maekawa ‘71’ (on the reverse). Oil on canvas on plywood construction, in artist’s frame 64.5 by 60.6 cm. 25 3/8 by 23 7/8 in.
Tsuyoshi Maekawa, UNTITLED, 1975. Signed in Japanese (on a label affixed to the reverse). Acrylic on sewn canvas on plywood in artist’s frame 161.5 by 125.5 cm. 63 1/2 by 49 1/2 in.
Tsuyoshi Maekawa, UNTITLED, 1975. Signed in Japanese and English and dated ‘T. Maekawa ‘75’ (on the reverse). Acrylic on sewn canvas in artist’s frame 94.5 by 94.5 cm. 37 1/4 by 37 1/4 in.
Tsuyoshi Maekawa, UNTITLED, 1977. Signed in Japanese and English and dated ‘Tsuyoshi Maekawa ‘77’ (on the reverse). Acrylic on sewn canvas on panel, in artist’s frame 93.7 by 185 cm. 36 7⁄8 by 72 7⁄8 in.
Tsuyoshi Maekawa, UNTITLED, 1978. Signed and dated ‘Tsuyoshi Maekawa ‘78’ (on the overturn edge). Acrylic and coal-tarpitch on sewn cotton cloth 92 by 160 cm. 36 1/2 by 62 1/4 in.