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Untitled (from Ehime Magazine, 10th December 1988)

Work on Paper

Pastel on paper


63.8 x 45 (cm)

25.1 x 17.7 (inch)

Susumu Koshimizu was born in 1944 in Japan. He graduated from Sculpture Department, Tama Art University and later became one of the key members of Mono-ha, a pioneering art movement that emerged in Tokyo in the mid-1960s whose artists, instead of making traditional representational artworks, explored materials and their properties in reaction to what they saw as ruthless development and industrialisation in Japan.


When the monthly magazine "Ehime-Zasshi" was launched in 1988, Koshimizu illustrated the first 100 magazine covers. This exhibition features a caleful selection of the precious original illustrations, which have never been shown outside of print media, accompanied by "words" from Koshimizu.

"Some days ago, I had a job opportunity in Kochi. I planned to take a ferry from Minami port, Osaka. I however ended up missing the ferry as I got stuck in traffic due to an accident on the way driving from Kyoto. In a hurry I looked up another way. I instead took the ferry calling near Muroto which departs from the port in Kobe, then the ferry heading Ashizuri. The ferry reached Kannoura before the dawn. I suddenly felt like waiting for the sun to come up at the tip of the cape when I was just about to get Murotosaki by car. I threw myself down on the beach, and found countless numbers of stars shining in the sky. The waning crescent moon, which as if torn apart, was high up in the eastern sky, the satellite crossed the sky sooner than expected. The word ‘moving’ was not good enough to describe what I saw, the deep red energy made complete reversal between night and day, Sun emerging across clouds on the horizon. The cold didn’t bother me, and I felt, the coming year I would love to absorb the breathing of nature with my entire body. Well, all this has almost nothing to do with the cover drawing, though."

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