Kazuo Kadonaga

Kazuo Kadonaga included in “WITH US IN THE NATURE” at Kröller-Müller Museum

Kazuo Kadonaga included in “WITH US IN THE NATURE” at Kröller-Müller Museum, The Netherlands (Feb 16, 2019 - May 9, 2019).

Gilbert & George’s “‘The Paintings’ (With Us in the Nature)” from 1971 is on view at Kröller-Müller Museum, The Netherlands, exhibited with seven sculptures from the collection in which the complex relationship between humans and nature is expressed in different ways. The sculptures are by Kazuo Kadonaga, Giuseppe Penone, Nicholas Pope, Bill Woodrow. “With their attempt to recreate a lost feeling, the G&G simultaneously expose the emptiness of the idea of nature as an unspoilt paradise: the landscape in which they sit, stand or stroll around is just as much made by human hands as the church, the fences and the brick walls that are visible in the landscape.”

Kadonaga’s commercially forested wood works uphold and upend notions of purity through the artist’s interventions with the materials.  His “Wood No. 5R”, 1978 was sliced lengthwise into hundreds of veneer-thin layers and reassembled.  Kadonaga’s “Wood No. 11M” was scored geometrically on one end and hit with a mallet, resulting in lengthwise expressions of the impact and a transformation of the original geometric scores on the log’s opposite end.

Images: Gilbert & George, "The Paintings" (with Us in the Nature), 1971 - detail; Giuseppe Penone, Sentiero, 1983-1984; Kazuo Kadonaga, Wood No. 5 R, 1978 / Wood No. 11 M, 1981; Nicholas Pope


© Kröller-Müller Museum, photo Marjon Gemmeke

TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art  Benefit auction including work by Kazuo Kadonaga

The 20th Anniversary of TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art 
Benefit auction including work by Kazuo Kadonaga

Saturday, October 27, 2018
The Rachofsky House, Dallas, Texas
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Each living thing, plant or animal, has a soul: my art is revealing the soul. – Kazuo Kadonaga


When Kazuo Kadonaga began making art in the early 1970s, he turned to a familiar material: wood. Kadonaga’s family ran a lumber mill, and the material and craft associated with it are certainly familiar to him. Yet, rather than alter the material for commercial use, Kadonaga set out to reveal its essence with minimal artistic intervention. In Wood No. 11 BK, Kadonaga cuts a grid of lines in one end of a cedar log. As the wood responds to Kadonaga’s suggested grid, it splits in ways that reveal the inherent properties of the material, seen in the shifting lines that travel the length of the drying wood. The result is a kind of quiet conversation between Kadonaga and the cedar log. Kadonaga’s work has been exhibited internationally and is in numerous public collections in the US and Japan.

Kazuo Kadonaga: Production video for Glass No. 7 series

 

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