Collaborative Automatic Origami

Nine origami sculptures made in collaboration with Tetsu san, Head Priest at the Koseiji Buddhist Temple, Kyoto Japan. 2018.

A project inspired by Surrealist Automatism, a method of art-making in which the artist suppresses conscious control over the creative process, allowing the unconscious mind to guide the activity and thereby reveal itself in the final product. Jon Sasaki and Tetsu san first cleared their minds, before beginning a back-and-forth exchange of an origami paper. The resulting abstract sculptures are result of two subconscious minds intuitively guiding the same process.

Made in conjunction with Anewal Gallery, Kyoto, as part of the Multi Layered Identities exhibition, curated by Daisuke Takeya.

Grateful acknowledgements to Tetsu san, Koseiji Temple Kyoto, the Anewal Gallery Residency Program,

The Canada Council for the Arts, Annie Koyama, Daisuke Takeya.