16.06 – 25.08.2018
KOJI KAMOJI /
I'M HOLDING A PAINTING THAT I CREATED 50 YEARS AGO
In the picture from 1968, the kneeling artist creates a new composition in the Japanese way. “You can concentrate better when you’re on your knees”, says Koji Kamoji. The floor in his studio in Pruszków was his drafting board that replaced easels. At that time, it was how he created most of his paintings. Before that it was a place where he had made a series of abstract works: sketches created on small pieces of plywood of random shapes (colours were also random – up to some extent). These ones were supposed to be a search for new solutions, sketches for future compositions, but as time passed they became fully independent paintings on their own that require no further corrections or additions.
Despite graduating from the Academy of Arts in Tokyo, Kamoji began studying again at the Warsaw Academy of Arts. He started from the very beginning though he didn’t have to. “You can be a fresher your whole life,” he says. ‘There’s no progress in art.” No wonder that this series of small paintings held by the 50-year-older artist seems so contemporary as if created just recently.