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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...

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Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger Ocula Conversation Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger

In 2012, Melati Suryodarmo opened Studio Plesungan in her native Surakarta, also known as Solo, the historic royal capital of the Mataram Empire of Java in Indonesia. Suryodarmo had returned to Indonesia from Germany, where she studied Butoh and choreography with Butoh dancer and choreographer Anzu Furukawa, time-based media with avantgarde...

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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Report Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City 15 Nov 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Under the direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Tatsuo Miyajima

b. 1957, Japan

Tatsuo Miyajima is one of Japan’s foremost sculptors and installation artists. Employing contemporary materials such as electric circuits, video, and computers, Miyajima’s supremely technological works have centred on his use of digital light-emitting diode (LED) counters, or ‘gadgets’ as he calls them, since the late 1980s. These numbers, flashing in continual and repetitious – though not necessarily sequential – cycles from 1 to 9, represent the journey from life to death, the finality of which is symbolized by ‘0’ or the zero point, which consequently never appears in his work. This theory derives partially from humanist ideas, the teachings of Buddhism, as well as from his core artistic concepts: ‘Keep Changing’, ‘Connect with All’, and ‘Goes on Forever’. Miyajima’s LED numerals have been presented in grids, towers, complex integrated groupings or circuits and as simple digital counters, but are all aligned with his interests in continuity, connection and eternity, as well as with the flow and span of time and space. ‘Time connects everything’, says Miyajima. ‘I want people to think about the universe and the human spirit.’

Featured Artworks

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Counting Gold by Tatsuo Miyajima contemporary artwork
Tatsuo MiyajimaCounting Gold, 1995 Ink and gold on paper
79 x 109 cm
Buchmann Galerie
Diamond in You No. 20 by Tatsuo Miyajima contemporary artwork
Tatsuo MiyajimaDiamond in You No. 20, 2010 105 LEDs, IC, stainless mirror, steel
76 x 77 x 18 cm
Buchmann Galerie
Life (le corps sans organes) - no.13 by Tatsuo Miyajima contemporary artwork
Tatsuo MiyajimaLife (le corps sans organes) - no.13, 2013 L.E.D., IC, microcomputer by Ikegami program, Steel, Plastic cover, passive sensor, electric wire
190.1 x 232.6 x 11 cm
SCAI The Bathhouse
Life Face Vol. 3  6875668... by Tatsuo Miyajima contemporary artwork
Tatsuo MiyajimaLife Face Vol. 3  6875668..., 1991 silkscreen and embossing on paper
62.5 x 90 cm (incl frame)
Gallery Baton
C.T.C.S. Flower Dance no. 6 by Tatsuo Miyajima contemporary artwork
Tatsuo MiyajimaC.T.C.S. Flower Dance no. 6, 2017 Light Emitting Diode red, electric wire, mirror glass, stainless steel frame, unique
108 x 166 x 10 cm
Buchmann Galerie
Innumerable Counts Spiral - digital font by Tatsuo Miyajima contemporary artwork
Tatsuo MiyajimaInnumerable Counts Spiral - digital font, 2017 Archival inkjet print, unique
594 x 594 cm
Buchmann Galerie
Innumerable Counts Circle - handwritten font by Tatsuo Miyajima contemporary artwork
Tatsuo MiyajimaInnumerable Counts Circle - handwritten font, 2017 Archival inkjet print, unique
105 x 105 cm
Buchmann Galerie
Life Liquid type-O by Tatsuo Miyajima contemporary artwork
Tatsuo MiyajimaLife Liquid type-O, 2018 Sphere-shaped glass
30 x 48 x 48 cm
Lisson Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Parergon: Japanese Art of the 1980s and 1990s (Part II) at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
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6 April–19 May 2019 Group Exhibition Parergon: Japanese Art of the 1980s and 1990s (Part II) Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Love is Metaphysical Gravity at Lisson Gallery, Shanghai
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22 March–11 May 2019 Group Exhibition Love is Metaphysical Gravity Lisson Gallery, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Parergon: Japanese Art of the 1980s and 1990s (Part I) at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
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14 February–23 March 2019 Group Exhibition Parergon: Japanese Art of the 1980s and 1990s (Part I) Blum & Poe, Los Angeles

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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Tatsuo Miyajima Ocula Conversation Tatsuo Miyajima Artist, Japan

Every artist has a lover. Yves Klein has blue. Louise Bourgeois has the spider. Ed Ruscha has words. The Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima has numbers; he paints them on the folds of bright kimonos, he draws them in sketchbooks, he fills walls, floors, pools of water and piles of coal with glowing numerals. His shirts are tailor made with numbers...

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'Mission [Spacexart]: Beyond Cosmologies' And 'Chronicle 1995' At The Museum Of Contemporary Art, Tokyo Ocula Report 'Mission [Spacexart]: Beyond Cosmologies' And 'Chronicle 1995' At The Museum Of Contemporary Art, Tokyo 29 Jul 2014 : Annabel James for Ocula

Too many Tokyoites miss the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) altogether. Beyond both the Ueno museums and the network of newer art spaces in Roppongi, this institution of first-class exhibition facilities, a vast pubic art library and one of the most significant global collections of contemporary Japanese art takes you by surprise in Old...

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Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor and Marina Abramović lead major new exhibition Everything At Once at Store Studios Related Press Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor and Marina Abramović lead major new exhibition Everything At Once at Store Studios The Vinyl Factory : 8 September 2017

This October, Store Studios will host Everything At Once, an extensive off-site exhibition featuring 24 artists currently shown at Lisson Gallery in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

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'Time, Light, Japan': Japanese art from the 1990s to now at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Related Press 'Time, Light, Japan': Japanese art from the 1990s to now at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Art Radar Journal : 4 April 2017

From 17 December 2016 to 30 April 2017 the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney presents Time, light, Japan: Japanese art 1990s to now. The exhibition explores time and light through video, photography, sound and installation from the 1990s to now. Drawing from the gallery's collection, the exhibition brings together the works of eight Japanese...

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Tatsuo Miyajima: connect with everything | time, light, japan: japanese art 1990s to now Related Press Tatsuo Miyajima: connect with everything | time, light, japan: japanese art 1990s to now Artlink : 30 January 2017

It's something of a cliché in Western art history that canons shake when revolutions sound. Social change precipitates stylistic reinvention and the same can be said in reverse. Although they might gesture back, time and style share an aggressively forward momentum. Over a career spanning more than three decades, Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima has...

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The Art of Numbers: Japan's Tatsuo Miyajima at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Related Press The Art of Numbers: Japan's Tatsuo Miyajima at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Art Radar Journal : 27 January 2017

Born in Tokyo in 1957 and based in Ibaraki, Japan, Tatsuo Miyajima is well-known for his sculptures and room-scale installations, which have as their centre point the use of light and numbers. He often incorporated contemporary technological materials such as electric circuits, video and computers. Since the late 1980s he has focused on LED...

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