TAB. VII

YOSHIAKI MOCHIZUKI

Trained as a classical pianist, Yoshiaki Mochizuki produces nuanced, mixed-media paintings, which he likens to the structure of Bach’s fugues. His shimmering works recall early geometric abstraction and Minimalism; they are composed of interlocking shapes and lines, and require consideration from multiple vantage points. In a process that combines building up and stripping down, Mochizuki layers gesso, ink, tinted clay, and palladium leaf onto his canvases, whose surfaces he then burnishes, scratches, and partially removes to reveal each layer. He scratches parallel and radiating lines into the surfaces of his works, suggesting the illusion of depth and enhancing their tactility and complexity. Through such subtle surface variations, Mochizuki aims to make the experience of viewing his paintings active, sustained, and repetitious. He wants viewers to move continually in front of his works, taking in their ever-shifting surfaces.