“Kishio Suga (b. 1944) belongs to the Mono-ha (School of Things) art movement, which began in the late 1960s. This movement represented a departure from notions of representation and the artist’s intention, and instead aimed at allowing material to speak for itself. It was part of a new artistic direction in which there was a shift from subject to substance or from subjectivity to objectivity. Arte Povera, Supports/Surfaces, and Earthworks are examples of similar movements that emerged at around the same time, in which ideas around subjective knowledge and perspective were reexamined.” – e-flux
Suga’s work relates to us today in our digital world. His art re-explores things and materiality. His installations take place in a given space consisting of materials such as stone, wood, and metal plates. Together they generate a situation (kei) that arises as a consequence of the coexistence of each piece of matter. Matter coexists in a group, and a mutual connectivity (renkansei) is born from that situation. By manipulating these intellectually, and with abundant sensitivity, space and matter begin to transform. The activation of space resulting from the intervention of the creative act is the essence of Suga’s art.