In the earliest days of my career I made installations. At the Tokyo Municipal Museum, I installed a wooden floor in which alternate boards were lifted at the ends. At night I would go in and change the boards. No one knew except me. Once piece, shown at the Tokyo National Museum, was a block of white concrete roped to a column, like a dog straining at its leash. When it was shown at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, there were no columns to rope it to. The end of the rope was left untied. The concrete block had escaped its confinement.

Years later, this series of works was designated by critics and curators as being part of Japan’s influential "Mono Ha" art movement.



 

 


                   Canvas and Stone      1969      20’ x  20’      Tamura Gallery, Tokyo

 

 

 

 


Split Log and Hawser      1970      4’ x 4’ x 8’      Tamura Gallery, Tokyo

 

 


Canvas and Spring      1970      30’ x 20’      Today’s Artist, Yokohama Municipal Gallery
 


 

 


35mm Film with Paper      1970
 Aspects of New Japanese Art, Tokyo National Modern Art Museum

 

 

 


                      White Concrete and Hawser      1970      4’ x 4’ x 4’ + 30’     
Today’s Art of Japan ‘70: Tokyo National Modem Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan;
The Philadelphia Civic Center Museum, Philadelphia, PA; and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; and U.C. Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

 

 


Untitled       pine boards and beam sections      1971     
10th Contemporary Japan Art, Tokyo Municipal Museum

 

 


Granite      1972      Muramatsu Gallery, Tokyo

 


White Concrete + wire, stone      1972     
Togo Jinja, Tokyo


 

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