Monday, August 5, 2013
SHINRO OHTAKE, Tokyo, Japan, watercolor
His work has influenced Japanese contemporary art very much in the past 30 or so years. He has produced multi-layered works in painting, sculpture, and bookmaking. At La Biennale di Venezia, I saw some of his 60 individual books, some bulging with up to 700 pages. Like keepsake albums, collections of found materials, paintings, tickets, magazine cut-outs, each book also becomes a sculptural object. This is my watercolor representing Ohtake's "Scrapbook number 14".