Sanded Panel of the Florence Trust Studio Wall III
Large section of sanded-down and polished studio wall from his residence at the Florence Trust in North London
Since 2014, Kawakubo has been working on a series of wall works that play with the conventions of easel painting and simultaneously analyse the creation of value. The artist partially sands down walls of a space, to the effect that the underlying layers of paint that had been applied to the walls earlier, reappear testifying to the former uses of the space and thus to the time that has passed. In a highly laborious process, the walls are meticulously polished and their surfaces become shiny and smooth. The artist explicitly invites the visitor to touch these pieces to feel their smoothness.
Kawakubo has turned these walls into systems of coordinates, with the boundaries between the highly polished sanded and the unsanded sections of the walls marking the lines of economic forecasts, once again a reflection of his background in the finance sector as a trader.