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