Uchuiden, 1970, vinyl on canvas and aluminum construction, 84" x 60"
Hisao Hanafusa: Uchuiden
June 16 - August 12, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday June 16th, 6-8pm
Gary Snyder Project Space is pleased to present an exhibition of seven works of art by Hisao Hanafusa created between 1963 to 1970. Rooted in a minimalist tradition, and partaking of an aesthetic celebrated in the 1966 "Systemic Painting" show at the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum, the works exhibited remind us of Donald Judd's statement, in 1965, that "half or more of the best new work in recent years has been neither painting nor sculpture." Carter Ratcliff, in the essay that accompanies the 32-page exhibition catalogue, writes:
"[Hanafusa] developed a series of works that solidify [his] place in the New York art world of the period. Made during 1967-70, they elaborate the possibilities of horizontal line- or, to be more specific, horizontal patterns of tubing. In Yellow I, the silverish tubes are separated by strips of canvas that are themselves tubular- or, at any rate, are curved in a way that suggests the presence of tubes beneath the canvas. So the central zone of this work is occupied by not only an alternation of silver and yellow. There is an alternation, as well, of visible and invisible, and we are drawn into speculations about the underlying structure of the object."
hMa are proud to note that they are long-time collaborators of Hanafusa's, and his shop Miya Shoji, using his custom-made natural wood furniture pieces in several notable projects including White Space apartment (featured in Metropolitan Home magazine, 2006) and Infinity Chapel (Honor Design Award, Faith & Form / IFRAA International Awards Program for Religious Art and Architecture, 2010).
hMa's White Space (left) and Infinity Chapel (right) both feature custom Ash panels made by Hanafusa click here to visit www.hanrahanmeyers.com