Followed by “Shozo Shimamoto × AU exhibition”, Whitestone Gallery Taipei is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition “GUTAI / Yasuo Sumi” on October 7th, 2017.

Yasuo Sumi, born in Osaka in 1925 and joined Gutai art association in 1955, is known for using soroban (Japanese abacus) as well as vibrator and traditional umbrella as painting techniques. Sumi’s work is full of the tension of life in movement, traversing in the wide-ranging amplitude from chaotic universe to rustic landscape. As Japanese art critic Yoshio Kato said, “Yasuo Sumi’s capability and power of expression took a flash of inspiration that would not have occurred to an ordinary person, and using a typical Gutai method, turned it into art.” While Shozo Shimamoto praises it as “…not that they represent a convenient form of brush, but the fact that they are completely integrated with the artist’s character.” In fact, Sumi’s creational motto was “yakekuso, fumajime, charanporan” (desperation, absence of seriousness, irresponsibility).

This exhibition will showcase the variety of works from mesh works to works on canvas and paper. We cordially invite you to experience the energy of an uninhibited soul.

  • Untitled
    2014, Mixed media on canvas, 90.9 × 72.7 cm

  • Untitled
    2014, Mixed media on canvas, 90.9 × 72.7 cm