The year 2020 as a miniature still life made of urban waste
Yuji Agematus was born in 1956 in Kanagawa/Japan. He lives and works in New York.
Yuji Agematsu collects discarded and lost objects such as scraps of paper, chewing gum or parts of plastic packaging during his daily walks through the streets of New York. The Japanese-born artist has been following this routine since he moved to New York in 1980.
Agematsu carefully stores things that are waste in the eyes of others in cellophane wrappers designed for cigarette packets and brings them to his studio. There, the found objects are meticulously catalogued. The artist notes the date, time and place of discovery in notebooks and then arranges them into micro-sculptures. Agematsu fixes the delicate, poetic works of art with resin, thus creating one miniature still life per day. The “zips”, as the artist calls the small objects, together with the diary-like entries in the notebooks form a unique calendar.
The Secession is showing Yuji Agematsu’s miniature objects of the year 2020 and presenting them in specially made Plexiglas shelves. The exhibition, entitled “2020”, can be seen until 20 June 2021.
Curator: Jeanette Pacher