material matters

March 16, 2022

Yutaka Yoshinaga‘s artworks have the look of paint peeling from a wall. Drawn on traditional Japanese washi paper using dry pigments, colour and texture are both central to his work. The pieces are like unfolded origami. “The life of materials,” every crease, blemish and repair, is what intrigues him. I find them very beautiful, but it’s his meditative pace –– Yoshinaga works on one square at a time –– and his respect for what happens to his materials over time, that I find inspiring.

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