H², 2014 Shinro Ohtake
Shinro Ohtake is a master of collage, renowned for his painterly, multi-layered scrap- books created from discarded tickets, newspapers, magazines and other types of cultural ephemera. These sculptural journals were first created during a visit to London in the 1970's when he met an old man who made diaries by avidly collaging found matchbooks and boxes into books. Ohtake immediately purchased the books from their maker - continuing to paste and document his own travel experiences in this way over many decades. Ohtake's limited edition artwork H2 is made in response to the work of Hannah Hoch to accompany her exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery ( January - March, 2014). It reflects his on-going interest in Surrealism and Dada.
Edition of 20 works, signed and numbered recto.
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About the artist
In 2014 Ohtake was awarded one of Japan's most prestigious art awards: The Agency for Cultural Affairs' Minister's Award for Fine Arts 2013-2014, in recognition of his outstanding contribution following exhibitions held in Japan and internationally in the previous year
Born in Japan in 1955, Ohtake is also a painter, installation artist and a well-known noise-rock musician. He is represented by Take Ninagawa Gallery, Tokyo.