Masafumi Maita


ink, colored pencil, and postcard on paper
6 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches

Like many artists of the 1970s, Masafumi Maita was negotiating a world increasingly saturated by images. Through a conceptual approach to the medium of photography, he crafted works that dealt with presence/absence, the landscape, and the mutability of images. Maita used photographs from a variety of sources, combining them with other art media, seen here in this postcard collage from 1977 where he layers a horizon/directional line over the French landscape. The postcard was perhaps an apt choice for Maita, since it is a photograph of a landscape that can traverse the globe.