Koga Flatworks Hut #1, 2022
Somewhere between mass production and craft, Mitsuru Koga's new series of Flatworks named 'Hut' deftly calls attention to the understated beauty of our everyday scenery. Even though Koga’s boxes look manufactured, they are in fact created by hand with exacting precision. Made in the image of the various tin huts built along the coast near Koga's seaside atelier in Kanagawa prefecture, each hut is created by layering corrugated galvanized iron plates, applying color to them and having them fade in the sun and sea breeze. Each flatwork piece is signed with the artist's signature and is displayed in a wooden frame and acrylic.
14.5" x 17.5" x 2"
Based in Kanagawa prefecture, Japan, Mitsuru Koga infuses life into mundane materials, transforming them into objects of art. These transformations reflect Koga’s commitment to exploring the delicate relationship between man and object. With his flatworks, Koga takes three-dimensional objects and flattens them. The resulting two-dimensional forms point to the original use of these items—boxes, paint cans and baskets and tin huts—while subtracting their utility. These works reflect both the beauty of Koga’s fine craftsmanship and the humor of rendering the functional functionless.
Iron plates, paint
One of a kind
The flatworks are fragile. Please handle with care.