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Guy Sherwin featured artist at Atsukobarouh Gallery and +(Plus)
Tokyo, Japan, 1 Sept - 10 Oct 2015.

Guy Sherwin featured artist at Atsukobarouh Gallery and +(Plus)

Guy Sherwin 's film installation 'Clock Screen' is included in the exhibition 'Absolute Now' at Atsukobarouh Gallery, Shibuya, Tokyo, that runs from September 5th to October 10th, 2015. The exhibition Jikan Towa / Absolute Now is curated by Kaz Takabatake on the theme of time based on a text by D.T Suzuki. The exhibition is supported by ADRI and the British Council.

Sherwin will also perform his live films works at the gallery and at an artist-run venue +(Plus) in Roppongi, the latter in collaboration with Lynn Loo, on September 1st.

About the Jikan Towa exhibition

'Time keeps on changing and it does not exist in any other way than to keep on changing. The word 'time' is conceptual and abstract. It has no substance. It does nothing but to simply keep on changing. Whether time changes continuously is a fact or not is also uncertain. When one says it changes, it is thought that there is something which changes. However, If there is such a thing, it is impossible to grasp what 'it' is.'

'Human thoughts only come about when there are two opposing things. If there is just one thing, thought does not arise. In other words, when you place change in opposition with something fixed, or eternity with transition, it is possible to consider ever-changing time along with eternity, which does not change one bit.'

'In the end, it must be that a moment is eternity, and life and death themselves are Nirvana, and this life itself is paradise. Eternity does not exist anywhere but in shifting time. Eternity is absolute now.'

Excerpts from Time and Eternity by D.T. Suzuki

 

'Absolute Now' is a group exhibition which takes the essay, 'Time and Eternity', from the book Oriental Point of View, by D.T. Suzuki, as a starting point to examine the universal concept of time and its relationship to eternity. Suzuki, who introduced Zen Buddhism to the world, spent many years living in the West. In 'Time and Eternity', Suzuki concludes that 'eternity is absolute now' and that 'a moment is eternity'. If this is so, we can stipulate that shifting time is made up of multiple absolute nows. The medium of moving image is structured from multiple still images over time to create an illusion of movement. In this exhibition, four artists from the UK and two from Japan will each present a new work which makes use of the moving image, such as video and film.

Artists

Guy Sherwin - a leading exponent of the experimental film movement in the UK
George Barber - an influential British video artist with a wide range of contemporary work
Tereza Stehlíková - examines role of embodiment within audio-visual practice
Kaz - explores the notion of time, often through experiential installations
Masayuki Kawai - one of the leading video artists in Japan
Rieko Akatsuka - her works depict inner lanscapes through variety of media


Japan does not feature in the history of art as depicted by the West. But, art since the 20th century cannot be discussed without Zen. Zen travelled to the US after the 1950s through efforts of Buddhist teachers such as D.T. Suzuki. As well as influencing many visual artists, Zen also touched people like Steve Jobs and John Cage. 'Let the hidden areas be beautiful. Keep the outside simple'. I think these words by Dogen describe the essence of art. From what I see on the streets of Shibuya, it seems that people from where it all started are now, possibly the furthest away from it. I feel it is important to present this exhibition of moving image art which tackles the essential issue of time.

Atsuko Barouh