Debris and Paper is based on Japanese washi paper works produced in Tokushima for the exhibition “Ohara’s Physicality, Tanaka’s Bionomics” held at Creation Gallery G8 in January. Using materials collected by Ohara from his residency destinations including Yamagata, Tokushima, and Hayama, the artists consolidated them into washi through their physicality. Allowing different paper-making techniques such as suminagashi (floating ink) or rakusui (water dropping technique) to take effect, the resulting paper accumulates diverse colors and textures, encapsulating not only traces of the body, but also a visual logic differing from texts or images. The work suggests a new ecology—paper as an ecological system.
Born 1980 in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka. Recent works include the VI plan for the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, the bookstore POST, the join management of the publishing company CASE, and the art direction of Tokyo Art Book Fair, and Takeo Paper Show 2018. He also works as one part of the artist duo Nerhol with Ryuta Iida (sculptor). Solo exhibitions include Index at Foam Photography Museum (Netherlands), Promenade at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa, and Interview, Portrait, House and Room at Yougeun Museum of Comteporary Art (South Korea).
Daijiro Ohara was born in Kanagawa, Japan Prefecture in 1978. He is a designer based in Tokyo, focuses on typography, lettering, drawing and editorial projects. He has also been actively engaged in self- initiated projects, searching for new perceptions of words and typographys through exhibitions, workshops and fieldwork.