November 12 – December 31, 2010
Artists: Hirotake Takagi and Mituo Tsuji
Opening Reception: Friday, November 12, 6 – 8PM
ISE Cultural Foundation is pleased to present “Miracle of One Second” by Hirotake Takagi and Mituo Tsuji at Front Space.
Art statement by Hirotake Takagi and Mituo Tsuji:
“The boxes are made by many lattices called Senbon Gooshi, which is from traditional Japanese architecture. It reflects the spirit of the Japanese people and Japanese culture. This work is based on three main concepts, Living with Nature, Harmony, and Oku (inner part).
The lattices at the front of the box have been structured so that you can catch a glimpse of the inside. Only when you approach and stand just exactly at the front and center of the box, will you be able to see inside for a few seconds. This structure enables “oku” to be emphasized as space.
The photos of trees and flowers inside the box are so realistic that it emphasizes the reality of the space. The landscape seems to be stretching out into the distance. Originally, most Japanese buildings were built using soil, paper, and wood. These are all produced from nature and eventually will return to nature. As often as possible, buildings were created using common and natural materials. Today, this is called being environmentally sustainable. Japanese traditional architecture from centuries ago can be considered as also being environmentally sustainable.”