All posts tagged: Keiji Uematsu

Keiji Uematsu’s Invisible Force

Spanning over 45 years, Japanese artist Uematsu’s body of work “makes invisible relationships between objects and the spaces they inhabit visible.” “The ideas of ‘de-familiarising’ space and focusing our attention on the natural forces of gravity, tension, and material attraction, through photography,” Simon Lee gallery said in a statement. A graduate from the department of Fine Arts, Kobe University in 1969, Uematsu fell in with new group of artists who would later name themselves ‘Mona-ha.’ Mona-ha proposed a radical conceptual practice which moved away from traditional forms of representation toward an engagement with materials, objects and their properties. It was in this creative context that Uematsu developed his artistic language. In 1975, he moved from his native Japan to Dusseldorf, where he learnt from peers such as Bernd Becher, who was teaching at the city’s celebrated Kunstakademie, and his wife Hilla. There, Uematsu was encouraged to submit a proposal for the 1977 edition of Documenta. The following year he was the first Japanese artist ever to show at Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Documenta 6’s project drawing shows two timber beams held in …


BJP Staff