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KANSAI

“Keiji Uematsu: Axis — Gravity, Anti Gravity”

Gallery Nomart

by Tomohiro Osaki

Staff Writer

What makes the work of Hyogo-native Keiji Uematsu unique is the way the sculptor takes everyday materials such as stone and wood, and fashions them in the most surreal way imaginable.

His sculptures command attention and yet are aesthetically pleasing, making the artist’s pieces popular choices for public display.

The idea of “defamiliarizing” space underlies his work, and he often produces installations that appear to distort gravity and depict magnetic forces. Before this exhibition, Uematsu reviewed his old, unfinished, sculptural designs from 1971 to 1982 — most of which involve the use of square logs and jacks — and reconstructed them with a new modern perspective; May 26-June 23.

Gallery Nomart; (06) 6964-2323; 3-5-22, Nagata, Joto-ku, Osaka; Fukaebashi Station, Chuo Line (Osaka Municipal Subway). 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Free admission. Closed Sun. www.nomart.co.jp.