Kishio Suga

A noted member of the Mona Ha art movement in Japan, his work consists of strikingly reductionist conceptual works. At Tremenheere Suga has created an installation of a larger scaffolding cage enclosing tall lengths of bamboo. The work is inspired by a phenomenon in Japanese society where a million young men take to their bedrooms, finding modern society daunting. The repressed energy of the bamboos in a stiff scaffolding cage resonates with this modern day phenomenon of Japanese society.

Suga is one of the founder members of Mono-ha (School of things), a movement that swept the Japanese art world from the end of the 1960s through the 1970s.

Suga draws out hidden currents within his subject material and unites them, sometimes in harmony, sometimes in conflict, and opens up a light, free-flowing channel within the space. Via the paraphernalia of everyday, he raises the curtain on a new world, and in liberating us from usual habits of thought, gives us a fresh set of eyes. There is no doubt the Mona-Ha were hugely influential especially in the early days of the Arte Povera movement in Italy.

Kishio Suga was born in 1944 in Morioka city, Japan. He graduated in painting from Tama Art University in 1968. For forty years, since his first solo show in 1968 to the present, Suga has participated in numerous exhibitions. Large-scale solo exhibitions among these have been Uncertain Void: Installation by Suga Kishio at Iwate Museum of Art (2005), Kishio Suga: Stance at Yokohama Museum of Art (1999), and a touring exhibition, Kishio Suga Exhibition, at Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art; Itami City Museum of Art; Kanagawa Prefecture Gallery and Chiba City Museum of Art (1997).

He has also been active internationally, participating in a Mono-ha group show at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, and Newlyn Art Gallery (both 2001) - a touring exhibition, Japanese Art after 1945: Scream against the Sky at Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan; Guggenheim Museum New York and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, (1994), Japon de Avant Gardes 1910-1970 at Le Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1986), and showing at The 38th Venice Biennale (1978), among many other exhibitions. Suga's works will be part of the permanent collection of the Soko Gallery, which opened in August 2008 in Itamuro, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.