Extracting Warp Threads to Create a New Quantity

2003

Extracted warp threads, fabric, wooden panel

H.228 x W.162 x D.135 cm (installation size), 140 x 80 cm (oval panel), 150 x 400 cm (fabric)

Exhibited at

Outside of Modernism, ARTCOURT Gallery,
Osaka, Japan (2004)

Thin Film, Underground Forest,
SPIRAL/Wacoal Art Centre, Tokyo, Japan (2007)

New power! New collections in 2008,
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan (2009)

Spider’s Threads – Spinning images of Japanese beauty,
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan (2016)

Collection

Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan

White threads, nearly 4 meters in length, are extracted from a classically toned elegant fabric, looking as if spring water is pouring out. The viewers would find that the part of the fabric on the floor looks slightly darker because white threads are pulled out from that section. The white threads are extracted, one by one, using a needle from the edge of the fabric up to the outline of the oval shaped panel. It is crucial that the white threads are still connected to the original fabric because I intended to blur the distinction between what is original and its derivative. The original fabric and the thick bundle of the extracted white threads seem to be separated and yet still connected with each other.

Extracting Warp Threads to Create a New Quantity

Photo by

Kazuo Fukunaga