Nobuyuki Tanaka
Primordial Memories

Author(s)

Annette Reich, Antje Papist-Matsuo, Atsuhiko Shima, Beatrice Kromp, Britta E. Buhlmann, Nobuyuki Tanaka

Editor(s)

Britta E. Buhlmann, Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern

Design

Kaisers Ideenreich

Cover

Hardcover

Size

24 x 30 cm

Pages

192

Illustrations

85

Language(s)

English, German

ISBN

978-3-947563-21-0

The craft of traditional Japanese lacquer finishing in contemporary art

In his extraordinary sculptures, Nobuyuki Tanaka (b. 1971 in Tokyo) combines a lacquer finishing that has been practiced in Japan for centuries with an organic formal language. Tanaka is considered the most important representative and pioneer of the use of lacquer in contemporary art. He uses the material in polished deep black or intense red as a multi-layer coating for large-format sculptures. This results in abstract works with lively, curved, glossy surfaces in which the multi-faceted effect created by the interplay with changing light conditions plays a key role. The lavishly illustrated book includes texts by Britta E. Buhlmann, Beatrice Kromp, Antje Papist-Matsuo, Annette Reich, Atsuhiko Shima, and Nobuyuki Tanaka.

In his extraordinary sculptures, the artist combines a treatment of lacquer practiced for centuries in Japan with an organic language of form.

An exceptional representative and pioneer of the use of lacquer in contemporary art, Tanaka uses the lacquer mostly in polished deep black, sometimes also in intense red, as a multi-layer coating for his large-scale sculptures.

 

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