Flatworks Paint Can in Red (2018) by Mitsuru Koga
Even though Koga’s paint cans look manufactured, they are in fact created by hand with exacting precision. The works are somewhere in between 2D and 3D, mass production and craft. Koga's two-dimensional paint cans are made from sheets of tin, used for actual paint cans. Koga solders the edges together with great precision and pours real paint inside. The brush handle is also his creation. Each flatwork piece is signed with the artist's signature and is displayed in a wooden frame and acrylic. Flatworks is an exploration of the ordinary things through an extra-ordinary eye. With great skill and mysterious methods, Mitsuru Koga shows us a colorful world in which we can marvel at tools and objects with renewed appreciation. Koga gives vibrancy to these still life objects found in his atelier by making them into two dimensional forms using the objects original materials.
Misturu Koga (b. 1980), based in Kanagawa prefecture, Japan, Koga has the ability to infuse life into seemingly mundane materials, and transforms them into objects of art. These transformations are Koga’s commitment to exploring the delicate relationship between man and object, man and nature. His recent studio visit can be found here.
14.5'' x 17.5'' x 2''
Tin, paint, wood
Fragile piece. Please handle with care.