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Installation view, artwork: Mungo Thomson, Photo: Naohiro Utagawa
Time is something we cannot see or touch. However, as the artist explains, “time happens in the mirror, looking into it every day, seeing time happen in your face”. The changes in ourselves that time brings to us (the ‘aging’, if we may use such a direct expression) the work cruelly tells us that this is the very thing which makes time visible. We thereby lose the vanity we had. The TIME mirrors thus bring to light the theme of vanity that art has engaged with for centuries, illuminating from an unusual angle, our values relating to time.
Through these and other works, such as the Stress Archive series which takes stress toys as their motif, or the Rods and Cones series which was very well-received at last year’s exhibition, the artist reverses our perceptions and sheds new light on our values. We hope that many of you will take this opportunity to view his work.