Shuji Yamamoto’s piece, in the small patio between exhibition rooms, has taken the pine trees lining Kanchogai Street as its thematic. With branches bowed and rocks supplanting to build the gate, it is as though nature has conspired to bring together the plans and rocks and mounds of earth and then breathe some special life into this miniature landscape. In Yamamoto’s work gardening, which he has been engaging in since university, is always a big influence. The pines he’s created are each strange forms, yet based on techniques he’s learned from Japanese traditional landscaping methods of mutating natural objects to create new compositional elements. Or rather we should say that they represent such elements but are themselves FRP (fiber reinforced plastic) with pine needles depicted as signage. Maintaining traditional rules, while perversely mixing the natural and the artificial, and somehow resulting in anthropomorphic forms; these bizarre choices make his expressions both more obtuse and attractive.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1979. Graduated from Department of Painting, Tama Art University. Lives and works in Tokyo.