Portraits from the 20th Century
Japanese artist Tsuguo Yanai is interested in an underlying theme amongst his varied works-matter, life, and memory. This particular series entitled Antiquities, was created at the end of the 20th century when the artist was reflective of famous public figures who were significant to him. The entire series memorializes 20 people that include artists, writers, politicians, and humanitarians-many of whom were Japanese.
This exhibition features a selection of 8 portrait heads, created larger than life-size. Made of dyed hemp fibers and paper molded over wire netting, the sculptures are earth-toned and textural as a result of the fibrous material. They have the appearance of neglected monuments that are now pitted, weathered, and eroded. As if recently excavated, the portrait heads seemingly have survived and stand as a reminder of the people whom they once embodied.