contemporary art in tokyo

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Steve McQueen
Ashes, 2014-15
video installation from Super 8 film 
on view at the 56th Venice Biennale
installation view at Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo

“The only doctrine I have as an artist is to not allow the dust of the past to settle.” -Steve McQueen

The film has its roots in a trip that McQueen made to the Caribbean in 2001, while shooting another piece. McQueen was struck by the appearance of a young man who went by the name Ashes. The resulting clips simply capture the young man’s slender figure as it rises and falls in his small fishing boat, with only the stark blues of the West Indian sea and sky as a backdrop.

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ALPHABET

Edited by SULEMAN ANAYA and JOERG KOCH
32c Magazine

PATTERNS
When she uses these abilities as a springboard to think freely and radically, patterns from the basis of her work. “Patterns are design. Designing actually begins with patterns”. The concept conveyed to the patterns makers using simple drawings and the nuances of language. Each person’s interpretation comes back to Kawakubo, and an exchange develops from there.

Hasegawa Yuko, Chief Curator,
Museum Of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, “The Art of Forgetting”
ART iT Magazine, Fall/Winter 2006.