Fumio Tachibana blithely walks a path all his own, as if mocking
those of us who spend our days impatiently striving to keep up with the latest
trends, desperately pursuing present-day technological innovation. Many of Tachibana’s
admirers have been captivated by his unique form of expression, one reliant on
a unique sensibility and created entirely through handwork, and its clear departure
from so much of the digital-by-default design that is awash in the world.
As responsible editor and art director for Kyutai [Sphere],
a periodical he founded in 2007, Tachibana weaves together a unique world of
books that he himself has described as “the start of letters” and “a
slab of paper that jumbles together a range of expression: art, photography,
(architecture), and words.”
The keywords Tachibana has adopted for his solo exhibition at
ggg are “design” and “printed matter.” The show will
cover, generously and without pretension, the many printed works he has created
These days it is no longer unusual to seek out the texture of
paper or the warmth of the handmade as a form of resistance against our computer/digital
age. Tachibana’s work, as it did even before this trend began, conceals
a subtle, delicate beauty that changes with each project, the deciphering of
which may require close and careful viewing over time.
Leaving the cramped and clamorous flow of the city behind, immerse
yourself in the designs of Fumio Tachibana, work that leads back to the essence
of the act of making things.