GUTAI Inspired by Blum & Po’s recent show: Requiem for the Sun, we decided to do a little research into modern art movements in Japan. Somewhere between Kabuki Theatre, Jackson Pollock, and an early Paul Mcarthy performance exists The Gutai (“concrete”) Movement: An 1950’s ab-ex movement focused on the expression of materials.
“Gutai art does not change the material: it brings it to life. Gutai art does not falsify the material. In Gutai art the human spirit and the material reach out their hands to each other, even though they are otherwise opposed to each other. The material is not absorbed by the spirit. The spirit does not force the material into submission. If one leaves the material as it is, presenting it just as material, then it starts to tell us something and speaks with a mighty voice.”