Tokantai (In the State of Equal Dimension)


Branches, rope, stones

Left branch: 284.5 x 55.9 x 10.2 cm (112 x 22 x 4 in.) Right branch: 292.1 x 121.9 x 17.8 cm (115 x 48 x 7 in.) Overall dimensions: 262.9 x 386.1 x 201.9 cm (103 1/2 x 152 x 79 1/2 in.)

Tokantai (In the State of Equal Dimension) may at first remind us of a rudimentary hunting or fishing tool: the rustic elements that make up the sculpture are found in nature or are used in basic human work, like braiding strands to make a rope. Its impression of essentiality is reinforced by the precariousness of this balance: without a wall, the sculpture collapses and becomes again a mass of simple natural remnants.

Made with branches, ropes and rocks, Tokantai (In the State of Equal Dimension), is part of the Mono-ha movement that Koshio Suga joined at the end of the 1960s. Exploring the interdependence of materials within a work of art, and the relationship between artistic object and human being, Suga here delivers a work of art that directly connects with its exhibition space.

The installation Tokantai (In the State of Equal Dimension) made by Koshio Suga belongs to the Pinault Collection. It was first shown at the “Prima Materia” (“Raw Material”) exhibition at the Punta della Dogana in Venice.
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