MAKI4-11-11 Jingumae, Shibuya-kuTokyo 150-0001 JAPANTel: +81-3-6434-7705E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Installation view, artwork: Satoru Tamura
Satoru Tamura makes use of electricity, a need that is indispensable in our daily lives, to create large-scale works or rather devices without any practicality. An incandescent lamp that repeatedly turns on and off while emitting sparks, a cloth that spins while making a flapping sound, a crocodile that spins—we find ourselves staring at the works, wondering what the purpose is and perhaps falling into the trap of the artist who says “I want to be free from the meanings, settings, and functions that materials and forms possess”.
This exhibition will feature the Machine Series, a series of endlessly rotating chains shaped like numbers, letters, and symbols. More than 20 works will be moving simultaneously, including a machine that spells the word ‘ART,’ another in the shape of an ‘!’ (exclamation point), and for the first time ‘TOKYO’ machine will be unveiled. We hope you take this opportunity to enjoy the space created by Satoru Tamura who mixes cynical humor in his works treating electricity which is essential to society as something useless that produces nothing and has no practical use.