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© Yoshihiro Suda<br/>    Picture: Jens Bruchhaus, Munich<br />

Yoshihiro Suda

Born 1969 in Yamanashi, Japan
Lives and works in Tokyo

Ma and Rose, (six-part), 2003

Paint on wood
Up to 38 x 9 x 8 cm

Yoshihiro Suda's art is delicate, subtle, full of poetry. The naturalistic representation of his plants, very skilfully carved from wood, makes it scarcely possible to distinguish them from the real models. But the works of the Japanese artist do not aspire to deceive the viewer, rather to irritate. At the interface between fiction and reality, they seem to capture a moment that we do not grasp with our rational understanding of location.

The rose too is far removed from reality. It floats in space. Its petals fall, and yet do not fall. Time stands still. The work is entitled "Ma and Rose". In Japanese, "ma" signifies interval, the space between. In the culture of ancient Japan, "ma" stood for the unity of time and space. The brief moment in which the viewer sees the rose, and pauses with surprise, gives rise to that rare feeling of the here and now.

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