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Written by Satoshi KOGANEZAWA   
Published: November 12 2008

 copy right(c)2008 AMPG

 copy right(c)2008 AMPG
 copy right(c) 2008 AMPG

Those who are accustomed to Azuma's work must never have expected that he would use vacuum packing for the "SHIKI" series, which has used iron framing, a freezer and an aquarium in the past. The latest exhibition has two big differences: one is too flat; the other has too much stress on the pine tree. He used to focus on reconstructing "three-dimensional" flowers/plants in a space. "SHIKI" is a series that puts a pine tree into a certain format, quadrangle, basically in three dimensions. This really thin form can be said to be quite unusual. The pine tree enclosed in vacuum packing was under severe stress since it was a living thing, and this was different to the past series. It lost its greenness day by day and came closer to death every moment. Even though it would be replanted in the future a delay in recovery was inevitable.

The vacuum packing emphasized the beauty of its shape, and the flatness enhanced the vivid visual impact of the work. An utterly new "SHIKI" was born, distinct from the past series. His thoughts about flowers/plants made huge leaps here.

Artist: Makoto Azuma
Year: 2008
Genre: Installation
Owner: AMPG
Material: pine (Japanese white pine), plastic
Size: H1,000 x W1,000 x D180 (back) , H450 x W450 x D5 (front)
Note: AMPG 18th Exhibition (September 1st - 20th, 2008)
Exhibition Style: three-dimensional work, photos, movies
Last Updated on November 01 2015

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