Takesada Matsutani


polyvinyl, acetate adhesive, and pencil on canvas
8 1/4 x 6 inches

In 1959, about five years after Jiro Yoshihara and a number of other Osaka area artists created the Gutai Art Association, Takaseda Matsutani met founding member Sadamasa Motonaga. The following year, he participated in a Gutai group exhibition, and in 1963 he became a full member, participating in the associations collective exhibitions until 1972, the year the group disbanded. Like many Gutai artists, Matsutani sought to produce works that allowed the inherent properties of the materials to reveal themselves, and for Matsutani this material was vinyl glue. In talking about this early choice of material, the artist said:

Working with the vinyl glue, I quickly discovered its sensual quality and from then on I would always strive for a certain sensuality in my work, coming from the materials themselves.

In his early works, Matsutani would allow the glue to dry in blobs, and as a thin skin formed, the artist would blow air in them, sometimes allowing them to pop and collapse. Here, in a more recent work from 2011, the artist’s interest in materials is seen in a thick, gestural shape made of black polyvinyl spread on with the attached, broken brush.