"Everything ordinary or unaffected is basically a performance.”
Considered one of the most experimental Japanese artists of the 20th century, Sadaharu Horio is a founding member of the Gutai group and a pioneer in the art of performance. He paints with found objects such as household rubbish, twine, pieces of wood, branches, roots, planks, crates, boxes, stones, and leather. Whatever the setting, Horio paints daily in a ritual that fully integrates his art into his life. Rejecting the idea that the subject has complete control over the finished product, he follows the sequence of colors in a can of paint according to an established methodology to preclude any implicit symbolism or meaning in the colors. Horio is keen to share the message that artistic creation is a daily practice in which anyone can indulge.