6 elements

  24.6 x 9 x 1 ft.
  mirror, motor, stainkess steel, aluminum, gear, bearing and etc
  W: 750 H: 270 H: 30 (cm)
photo by Kabo

photo by Soichiro Suizu
photo by Soichiro Suizu
solo show, All After Human at HARUKAITO by island, Tokyo (2021)

In the year 2020, New York City had come to a complete halt. The surge in COVID patients occupied medical workers and beds, as a result the hospital function was paralyzed. Trucks loaded with refrigerated containers for laying down the dead bodies were parked beside many of the hospitals. Unfortunately, I was infected with COVID-19 in early time. I gave up on going to the hospital and slept at home with praying that I would not get seriously ill. When I recovered enough to go outside, I took a look at the city. There were no cars on the streets and there was silence in the daytime of this city. There were no stores open except for the supermarket and pharmacy. The neighborhood park was also closed. As I walked through the empty streets, I imagined a world after humans had disappeared (All After Human).
Nature will recover. It means what was originally a forest would reclaim to forest and what was one a desert would go back desert. Even if nature swallows up civilization, the many buildings and structures created by humans will not disappear anytime soon. Even more so, the satellites that continue to orbit the earth may be unaffected. Information that we no longer know how to access will continue to sleep underground for no one's benefit. I dream that eventually these artificial objects will mix with nature and a new view of nature will be born. Although it is highly questionable to use the term "view of nature" since there is no human being to serve as an observer. 

In this solo show, there are many sculptures and drawings with the motif of mirror ball. What is the meaning of a mirror ball? It is one of stage lighting, used to create a dance hall or disco. From a historical perspective, it can be seen as a symbol of minorities in New York, and in Tokyo, it can be associated with the vanity and desire of the bubble era. However, when humans disappear, these social and functional meanings are lost. And it remains only with the simple feature of a figurative object covered with a mirror. An object in which inorganic materials are regularly arranged in geometric forms can be called a "perfect artifact. In the contrast between this "perfect artifact" and nature, I will attempt the contradiction of simulating All After Human.

(this statement from solo show, All After Human)



2020年、ニューヨークの街は完全に停止していた。コロナの影響で病院はごった返しあっという間に病床は足りなくなった。処理は追いつかず犠牲者の遺体は冷凍トラックに詰められた。折しも初期にコロナに感染した僕は病院へ行くことを諦め、ただ重症化しないことを祈りつつ家で眠り続けた。外に出れるほど回復し街の様子を見てみる。ストリートに車はなくこの街の昼間に静寂があった。スーパーマーケットと薬局以外空いていなかった。近所の公園も閉鎖されていた。ひと気のない街を歩きながら僕は人間のいなくなった後の世界(All After Human)を想像した。

今個展にはミラーボールをモチーフにした彫刻やドローイングが多く登場する。ミラーボールとはどのような意味があるのだろうか。それは舞台照明の一種であり、ダンスホールやディスコを演出することに使用される。また歴史から見ればニューヨークではマイノリティたちのシンボルと捉えることもできるし、東京ではバブル時代の虚栄と欲望を連想することもできる。しかし人間がいなくなればそういった社会的、機能的な意味は喪失されるだろう。そしてそれは鏡に覆われた造形物という一元的な特徴のみが残る。無機質な素材が幾何形態に規則的に配列された物体は「完全なる人工物」と呼べるのではないか。 この「完全なる人工物」と自然との対比を保ちつつ、All After Humanをシミュレーションするという矛盾を試みる。

(個展『All After Human』より)