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Miki Mochizuka  Sun Day

Miki Mochizuka (1974–) uses heavy layers of a rich array of colors to depict the wavering of light and space and forms before they take on meaning. He fixes on the canvas lingering images of the everyday that remain in his consciousness. Light filtering through the trees of a dense forest, vibrant green plants charged by sunlight—scenes drawn from memory, relying on a sense of space that is invisible to the eye. Geometric patterns emerge from color planes that are crossed by the overlapping branches of trees and plants, and spaces open out around silhouettes of people and small animals placed in the frame. Mochizuka’s perspective is always attentive to the vagueness of the borders between things, and he searches for intermediate modes of words and images that all can share.

Mochizuka was born in Shizuoka, and works out of a studio in Fujieda. He was awarded the 22nd The Choice grand prize in 2005, and since then has pursued his main themes through a variety of media, including painting, drawing, and sculpture.

This book is the first collection of the art of this up-and-coming and much heralded artist. It presents 52 works, including a new series of oil paintings that are a return to his roots, along with a selection of older works.

Book design: Junichi Tsunoda
Size: 297 × 210 mm
Pages: 82 pages, hardcover
Illustrations: 52
Language: Japanese/English
Publisher: Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, NOHARA
Dec. 25, 2012
ISBN: 978-4-904257-15-9
Price: 2,940 yen (tax included)
December 25, 2012
ISBN: 978-4-904257-15-9
Price: 2,800yen (before-tax price)

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