III. Graphite 1976 — Present


From the 1980s, Matsutani focuses on black and white returning to vinyl adhesive volumes covered with graphite penciled strokes. Matsutani works in situ on large surfaces. The creative gesture becomes a performance.

 
 
 
 
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Graphite Works


In the late 1970s, Matsutani discovers the beauty of graphite pencil, which he uses first on paper, then with vinyl adhesive on canvas. Later, he crayons the surfaces of vinyl forms; drawings become monumental streams and cascades of graphite pencil strokes. The repeated gesture executed in the privacy of the studio leads to on site performances and matures into installations. Matsutani’s recent works explore further the power of black and white and the liquid nature of vinyl adhesive, graphite and paint.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A few years after the dissolution of Gutai in 1972, Matsutani began searching for something more fundamental... He asked himself, "if you only have one paper, one pencil, what can you do with it?" And he started to draw.

— Tiempo Ming

IN: TAKESADA MATSUTANI, A MATRIX.
LONDON: HAUSER & WIRTH AND ZÜRICH: JRP/RINGIER, 2013