Considered one of Japan’s most experimental artists of the 20th century, Sadaharu Horio is one of the pioneers in modern performance art in Japan.
In 1966, he joined the already very famous experimental Japanese Gutai Group and enriched its spirit with its performative and experimental work until the dissolution of the Group in 1972. However, Horio has been permanently active and still today the artist is involved in more than 100 projects annually, including solo and group exhibitions, but also impressive and very interactive performances with the public.
One of Horio’s best-known bodies of work is his paintings of found objects such as household detritus, string, bits of wood, branches, roots, planks, crates, boxes, stones, and leather. Regardless of circumstances, Horio paints every single day in a ritual that completely integrates his art into his life. Rejecting the idea that the subject is in total control of the finished product, he follows the sequence of colors in the paint box—obeying a set formula in order to void the colors of any symbolism or implicit meaning. Horio is concerned with perpetuating the message that art-making is a day-to-day practice that anyone can engage in. Sadaharu Horio ‘s performances are interactive and joyful. They are both meant to interact with public life, children and adults.
After a series of performances the day of the public opening, the Artist will perform on Friday 14th October with students classes but also during the week-end with the public.