Tatsuo Miyajima: "Arrow of Time (Unfinished Life)" @The MET Breuer, NY
SCAI THE BATHHOUSE is pleased to announce Tatsuo Miyajima's participation in the inaugural exhibition at The MET Breuer, New York with his new installation, Arrow of Time (Unfinished Life) (2016). The artist speaks of the work:
- "Arrow of Time" is a term developed by British astronomer Arthur Stanley Eddington to describe the irreversibility of time.
In this work, the digital light-emitting diode (LED) counters, or 'gadgets' as I call them, count from 1 to 9, and represent the progressing time of a life. The counters never scroll to zero, as the number implies death: Instead, the light goes off for a moment. The counting then resumes in an endless cycle referring to Buddhist's 'Samsara' (Metempsychosis), or eternal life. Through each counter gadget moving at a different speed, I portray the lives of individual people, with their differences in race, religion, language, skin colour, and culture.
In Arrow of Time (Unfinished Life) , I show these numbers as times of life showering down from the universe. I wish to express a vision of people of diverse backgrounds living together and interacting in this very moment, in the miraculous harmony that is life.
Arrow of Time (Unfinished Life) will be on view in the Tony and Amie James Gallery in the lobby of The Met Breuer.
"Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible"
18, March - 4, September 2016
The MET Breuer
Floor 3 & Floor 4
945 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10021
Tatsuo Miyajima: Image drawing of Arrow of Time (Unfinished Life). Courtesy of the Artist.