Gutai Group: Japanese art movement from the 1950’s emphasizing the beauty of decay.
Gutai Manifesto: “The fact that the ruins receive us warmly and kindly after all, and that they attract us with their cracks and flaking surfaces, could this not really be a sign of the material taking revenge, having recaptured its original life?”
Sarah Sze, 1999, Venice Biennale
2001, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
The creations of Sarah Sze are modern representations of the Gutai Group’s interest in the possibilities of decay. Using the space surrounding her constructions as a material, culminates in sculptures perfectly balanced between positive and negative, stability and fluctuation. She draws in three dimensions, giving her sculptures the freedom of weightlessness. Creating beautiful constructions out of common detritus, her work is the artistic representation of the chaos of nature combining to form a disorderly, yet functionary whole.