Text by Kazuo Amano
(This text is an excerpt from the text that was contributed on the occasion of the exhibition Painting as Forest: Artist as Thinker, Okazaki City Museum, Aichi, Japan, 10 February - 25 March 2007.)
Extracting Warp Threads to Create a New Quantity is a work by Aiko Tezuka where a certain amount of white warp threads are untied and pulled out of a Gobelin tapestry. Because the arc drawn by the edge of the untied area in the part of the tapestry stretched over the round panel and the width of the untied area in the part drooping below both seem to have the same length, the work looks as if it’s an embodiment of some mathematical solution. The once- composed pattern is now re-loosened, spreading and shaking. Re-discovered through the temporal retroaction similar to that employed in some of the works by Giuseppe Penone, the white threads reveal the hidden structure of the tapestry, giving it a new image as a living organism that continually transforms itself. It also includes an atmospheric gloom where we may sense something like a human figure. Perhaps this is a collapse of painting, where its plane is reinterpreted as a three-dimensional, bag-like entity that fails to contain certain elements. Such an image lies between the orderly pattern on the surface and the chaotic one on the back, telling us that “painting” is the unique concept that emerges at an intersection between the two sides.