Taniguchi’s large-scale black canvases, known informally as ‘brick paintings’, have a uniform geometric appearance but are in fact painstakingly handcrafted and almost sculptural in nature. This one leans against the wall, towering over the viewer and creating a feeling of monumentality and presence. Each painting also functions as a measure of time for the artist, since each brick-like shape is filled in one by one with paint in a repetitive manner over a period of days or even weeks. Note the subtle fluctuations in the paint pigment, which indicate the intervals of Taniguchi’s work. In choosing this labour-intensive approach, the artist foregrounds time, process, and materiality over the creation of a specific image. Taniguchi’s attention to systematic order and precision stands in stark contrast with what is outside her studio: the dynamic and cacophonous streets of Manila.
In Search of Southeast Asia through the M+ Collections. M+ Pavilion, Hong Kong, 22 June–30 September 2018