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Tohru Matsushita’s paintings are consisted of collaged scars that have resulted from movements of phenomena and systems, such as burn marks left by high voltages, curved lines drawn by swings of the pendulum, and cracks in paints. These paintings created with automatic systems were inspired by crafts and chemical experiments, and Matsushita has especially been interested in creating shapes with fractals (self-similarity). A fractal is a shape that exists within the proportional relation between its whole and part, and does not have a particular scale of time and space. Some of the renowned patterns which have such fractal structure include the traffic patterns on the internet, as well as fluctuations in market prices. Matsushita interprets his process of painting as an act of “observation and collection,” and composes multiple patterns through finely adjusting such state of systems. Furthermore, his recent works include the process of collaging the materials he had created, allowing the paintings to be structured by resolving and connecting the fractal patterns.

Tohru Matsushita
Joban Time Zone (Night of Nakazuma)
2018, Household paint on plywood, 191 x 194 x 5.8 cm
Tohru Matsushita
Joban Time Zone (House in Inodai)
2018, Household paint on plywood, 118 x 111 x 4.6 cm
Tohru Matsushita
TRSM #1 (Tone Riverside Market)
2018, Household paint on plywood, 141.5 x 91 x 7 cm
Tohru Matsushita
installation view “ROOM of JOBAN”
Tohru Matsushita
Joban Time Zone (Hillside)
2018, Household paint on plywood, 132.5 x 93.5 x 6.5 cm