January 10 - February 21, 2009
Loock Galerie is pleased to present new works by the Japanese artist Yoshihiro Suda in Camelia, a solo show at Halle am Wasser.
The Japanese artist Yoshihiro Suda, known for his wood sculptures of life-size flowers and plants, refers in his work to the Japanese concept of “ma–€. “Ma–€ encompasses a broad range of meanings, stretching from nothingness, the interstice, relationship, the void, to “something.–€ With an almost Zen-like mise en scène, he stages his sculptures in the exhibition space and directs our attention to the fact that we might be overlooking something. He places the false botanic objects in unexpected places: you could even say that he hides them in order to send us on a treasure hunt. Suda, in an almost overwhelming way, has mastered sculptural techniques that can already be found in antiquity, and draws from the traditional and timeless subject of flowers. At the same time, his positioning in contemporary art is unmistakable. The innovation inheres in the subtle placement of his works, his minimalism in the use of color, which in the spatial environments that Suda creates can engender an effect that is both reassuring as well as surprising. It is a place where nature is at one with art, and where simple beauty can be found in ordinary things.
The works of Yoshihiro Suda have been exhibited in recent years at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Städel Museum Frankfurt, Lenbachhaus in Munich, Fondation Beyerle in Basel, and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen. Permanent installations are on view at Neues Museum in Nuremberg and the Art House Project “Gokaisho–€ in Naoshima.
November 1 - December 20, 2008
Opening October 31, 2008, 7 - 9 pm