photo: SAIKI Taku

Esthetic Pollution

ArtistTSUBAKI Noboru
Material/ Techniquepolyurethane, clay, wood (willow), paints, etc.
Size/ DurationH290×W360×D270cm
Copyright Notice© TSUBAKI Noboru
Year of acquisition/ donation2003
DescriptionBorn in Kyoto, Japan in 1953. Lives and works in Hyogo.

For many years Tsubaki Noboru worked as a high school teacher while pursuing his art practice. He held a series of solo exhibitions at galleries in Osaka, Kobe and Nagoya. In 1989 he exhibited an organic, yellow, diabolical piece as part of the “Against Nature” exhibition that toured the USA, arousing considerable interest. Since then he has continued exhibiting overseas, and again attracted public attention with a giant inflatable locust installed on a wall at the Inter Continental Hotel for the Yokohama Triennale 2001.

This work was created and exhibited as the twin to "Fresh Gasoline" (1989), the work in the “Against Nature” exhibition that attracted so much public attention. The title derives from the fact that at the time that he made the piece, the artist had a distrust of art criticism and art critics. In outward appearance the work resembles an internal organ or a mysterious marine organism, but in fact the artist was not trying to create a particular form, but rather “made [it] to fit the shape of my room… like bees make a hive.” It is an extraordinary form created in a space used as part of everyday life from inexpensive, easily obtainable materials such as plywood, plaster, oilbased clay, and automobile paint.