Dominique Lutringer
FRI 17 OCT – SAT 08 NOV 2014

Tezukayama Gallery is pleased to present Kansai-based French artist Dominique Lutringer’s solo exhibition ‘Line and Territory’ from 17th October – 8th November 2014.

Dominique is originally from France, with a German father and a French mother.

As a European artist, with interest in Japanese culture and emersion in it since he was of a young age, he has the ability to observe Japan in unique ways. This exhibition of new work explores the physical, social and psychological landscapes of Japan, and also the forms, mediums, subtlety and tone of Japanese aesthetics.

Created using ballpoint pen on Japanese paper, with a delicacy and light-hearted rhythm, Dominique’s unique expressions awaken a new awareness.



Immersed in the beauty of a thing, there comes a moment when its abstract shape emerges. The object may be anything: a landscape, an art work, Japanese traditional design, the various shapes that human life impresses on the world. All these reveal an abstract model.

The works in this exhibition, “Line and Territory”, were inspired by the title of Michel Houellebecq’s “The Map and the Territory”.

In the territory that is created by the drawn line on white paper elements of the abstract space of which I speak are assembled like buildings. The spaces between things (ma in Japanese) is as important as the things themselves. The act of filling the screen is at the same time a creation of blank spaces.

When I work, I am drawing neither definite objects nor ideas; I am myself surprised to discover the style of a Japanese building or the colour of a torii within what I have created.