A PARALLEL PROJECT OF THE SINGAPORE BIENNALE 2016
Pasture, 2015. Paper - Sight by Shinro Ohtake. Paper pulp painting, 356 x 459 cm. Produced at STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore. © STPI/Shinro Ohtake
‘Paper – Sight’ marks Japanese artist Shinro Ohtake’s extraordinary endeavour in print- and paper-making, where his usual practice of collecting, chronicling and re-representing the contents of life is appropriated in a medley of new materials, techniques and multi-neon colour palettes – in particular, neon yellow, referencing uranium (“yellowcake”) and radiation. This unapologetic body of work emanates from Ohtake’s preoccupation with a sense of life’s transience, capturing the very density of the layers of time and its experience. Highlights include a series of large-scale fluorescent paper pulp paintings and a 320-page sculptural scrapbook that parallel his ongoing ‘Scrapbook’ series of 68 artist books spanning nearly four decades.