Celebration / Yoji Matsumura




bamboo, lacquer, sand, electric fans, found objects, sound

Within a bamboo structure Matsumura collected junk like jars and metal parts, placing them in a circular area of sand on the floor. Above, a windsock is moved by a fan. A bead hanging on one side of the windsock hits objects with chime-like effect. The objects are mundane, often beat up: doorknobs, a crushed fire extinguisher. The sounds of the chime are dependent upon the cumulative effects of striking the ordinary materials. A Japanese gate frames and provides entrance to the space. Like all the parts of the bamboo structure, it is painted with red lacquer.
Artist Statement
My main idea developed from “doing sculpture” rather than “making sculpture.” I assembled all the natural and man-made elements within a Space and in Time. I could, in this way, put my own concept and expression into my art work by disgusting the unlimited power of our natures.  

The material I have chosen in my recent work is important because it has given me an opportunity to be aware of my living environment and its elements. I like to discover unique and innovative uses for the common materials that I find. The excitement of finding the alternative meanings for these materials and making use of them is the essence of my artwork. 

It is also important to me that the audience participates and experiences a new sensitivity beyond the five or six senses given to humans. My works are created to communicate my own anger, sadness, surprise, and joy and share this with others, not only visually, but through sensations of like experience.  
About the Artist
Yoji Matsumura received his BA in Sculpture at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. He then went on to Virginia Commonwealth University for a MFA in Sculpure. He currently lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.     
March 23 – July 7, 1991
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