Until 1999,when the picture was given the title ‘The Flag’,
I ended up continuing to paint this series of two lines for about 10 years,top to bottom and right to left,which eventually converge.
Whenever two main lines are drawn, do these lines not meet at some point somewhere within the picture scope?
If a line is connected by piling red,yellow and then blue which exposes brush strokes, then with the joining of these two lines will come ‘Space’ shaped like a flag,like a big opened hole which comes out in front of the point of intersection.
The rectangular flag was considered for the shape and form,which flutters in the style of the wind. (a rectangular flag drawing to the wind)
I thought its shape to be close to the concept of ‘Space’.
This is why I called it ‘The Flag’.
Inspiration for a new method of painting was first triggered when I happened to find a small picture I had painted 15 years ago .
Already there was a flag (a big opened hole)in this painting.
I began to base my work on this picture.As I continued this work, I found that a new
method of painting had begun to surface.This method was to paint a subject after first
viewing it in a picture.
We can see trees called AKAME from the window on the north side of our house.
The trees are called AKAME because the leaves on top are red.
They thrive on environmental pollution and are known as boulevard trees.
I took many photos of the view through this window,which had two pains of frosted
glass on the left and on the right.
At that time,I was not looking at the view outside,nor was I looking at the windowpanes
themselves.I was entrenched in a shadow looking at the light reflected through the window and was caught by an ability to smell the light (because the window was closed).
The photographs became the key to this picture.
Because I began to draw the picture from memory,it started to evolve.
Like the two panes of glass,it lies between about a 5cm crevice.
Together the F130 sized sheets are shown in a line.In the center there is a glimpse of ‘Space’ as seen in The Flag.This becomes far more intelligible when several sheets are placed together within this line.