Toshio Sekiji

37ts Vertical to Horizontal and Vice Versa, Toshio Sekiji, Egyptian Arabic, Hebrew, Russian, Romanian, French, Italian, German, British, Indian (south and central), Burmese, Chinese Beijing and Sinkiang, Taiwan, Korean US (including The New York Times) print, Japanese, lacquered newspapers, 141.75" x 39.25", 2011, $15,800



Toshio Sekiji

30ts Shadow Alphabet, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Indian newspapers; postcards; thin, Thai paper (backing); brown and black lacquer; acrylic varnish, 41" x 41" x 2.5", 104cm x 104cm x 6.5cm; 2002, $4,600



Toshio Sekiji

36ts Pasodoble III, Toshio Sekiji, Japanese newspapers, urushi lacquer, red ochre, 36.25" x 26.25" x 6", 2010, $5,500



Toshio Sekiji

34ts Counterpoint 8, Toshio Sekiji, Korean newspapers; black urushi lacquer, 28" x 25" x 4", 2009, $4,000



Toshio Sekiji

28ts Subcontinent, Toshio Sekiji, Red, green, yellow, black, and natural lacquer; Hindi (Delhi) and Malayalam (Kerala State) newspapers, 61" x 61", 2001, $9,800



Toshio Sekiji

35ts Pasodoble, Toshio Sekiji, Japanese newspapers; urushi lacquer, red ochre (bengara), 28" x 25" x 4", 2009, $4,000



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6ts Collage, Toshio Sekiji, lacquered paper, 26.5" x 31" x 2", 1994, $3,000, (framed in plexibox)



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23ts Overture, old japanese newspapers, 70.25” x 56.25” maple frame, 1998, $10,000

Selected collections and exhibition venues:
Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan (Weaving the World: The Art of Linear Construction); the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Passage de Retz, Paris, France; Tatsuno Museum, Nagano, Japan (Rehabilitation of the Art -- Vision of Sense); Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City, Michigan; Gallery Iso-gaya, Tokyo, Japan; Galerie Kouki, Paris, France; Malleswaram, Bangalore, India (Viewing Across Cultures); Cairns Regional Gallery, Australia (Paper, Wood, Clay); YOU HALL, Gumma, Japan (Weaving, It’s Today); Nakanosawa Museum of Art, Gumma, Japan (Weaving Words - solo exhibition); Maison Franco-Japonaise, Tokyo, Japan; ZAIM Annex, Yokohama, Japan (Yokohama Boogie: Under the Influence); Space Neues Asahi, Gumma, Japan (National Highway 17 - solo exhibition); Montclair State University, New Jersey (Art of Substance).



Toshio Sekiji


22ts Black Collage, Toshio Sekiji, lacquered newspapers, 16.5" x 32", framed, 31" x 41", 1997, $3,000
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19ts NYT Collage, Toshio Sekiji, lacquered NYT, 23" x 27", framed, 31" x 41", 1997, $3,000

Statement:
One night, after reading some newspapers, I tore them into strips and then poured on natural Japanese lacquer, which I had used for antique restoration. I tossed the strips of paper like a salad. The action of the natural, organic substance on the edges of each hand-torn newspaper strip produced unexpected effects. Lacquer is a difficult medium to work with, and I had felt restricted, like someone trapped in the bottom of a well by the rigid division used in the traditional lacquering process. This new way of using lacquer was liberating. The loose fibers of the paper absorbed the lacquer, and, when the strips were woven the result was a lacquer-enhanced tapestry of almost-symbols, a tapestry that vanished at the border of meaning. The segments of torn newspaper that appear on the woven surface of the work are like the frames of a cartoon, passing over and under each other. Newspaper stories lose their beginning and end, and new visions are revealed.

Toshio Sekiji

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