33ts Asian Fugue, Toshio Sekiji, Chinesses, Japansese and Korean newspapers, lacquered, 14’ x 3’ unframed, 1999
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
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
36ts Pasodoble III, Toshio Sekiji,
Japanese newspapers, urushi lacquer, red ochre, 36.25" x 26.25" x 6", 2010, $5,500
34ts Counterpoint 8, Toshio Sekiji, Korean newspapers; black urushi lacquer, 28" x 25" x 4", 2009, $4,000
35ts Pasodoble, Toshio Sekiji, Japanese newspapers; urushi lacquer, red ochre (bengara), 28" x 25" x 4", 2009, $4,000
6ts Collage, Toshio Sekiji, lacquered paper, 26.5" x 31" x 2", 1994, $3,000, (framed in plexibox)
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).
22ts Black Collage, Toshio Sekiji, lacquered newspapers, 31" x 41", 1997, $3,200
19ts NYT Collage, Toshio Sekiji, lacquered NYT, 31" x 41", 1997, $3,200
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.