No more Fukushimas


Marcello Farabegoli Projects / Verein 08


“The cats of Tokyo have a celebrated portraitist,” Niklas Maak wrote of Takashi Ohno in a February 2011 newspaper article for the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.” Soon after came the devastating tsunami and nuclear disaster in Fukushima, the subject of Ohno’s woodcut series featuring his anthropomorphic cats.
“His work shows the continued influence of renowned woodcutter Yasunori Taninaka (1897–1946),” explains Herbert Eichhorn, director of the Städtische Kunstmuseum Spendhaus in Reutlingen. “Also striking is that tool marks are intentionally used as a design element – unusual for both the Japanese woodcut tradition and the visual language of manga – and that prints show relief residue in the non-relief areas, for example. The artist probably borrowed this from Taninaka, who was strongly influenced by Expressionist woodcuts from the West.”


The show includes woodcuts by Takashi Ohno as well works by casaluce/geiger & Hana Usui, Julius Deutschbauer & Gabriel Schöller, Luca Faccio,Olga Georgieva, Shinshu Hida, Edgar Honetschläger & Sylvia Eckermann, Sissa Micheli, Federico Vecchi and Erwin Wurm.