While being in London, searching for galleries open on Monday, and eventually went to Cardi Gallery, London for a mono-ha exhibition: ‘Tribute to MONO-HA’ (13 March – 26th July 2019).
I had some idea about mono-ha, in the Western World often related to ‘the School of Things’.
Another view on this Japanese art post-war art movement is described by Toothpicker
‘their aim was not to ‘create’ but ‘rearrange’ ‘things’, drawing attention to the interdependent relationships between these ‘things’ and the space surrounding them.’ – Toothpicker
I was intrigued by a wall text by Nobuo Sekine
‘What we are doing is finding ways to have encounters today’ – Nobuo Sekine
An encounter of space between
things – matter – mind
I was really fascinated by a rather simple approach, an approach to an essence of encounters. Not in a Platonist way of essence of an idea as transcendent truth, more as an essence of what matters.
I was relfecting after my visit for quite some time about these words and along some words from Lee Ufan who stated that their works were made for a show and to be destroyed afterwards. Firstly, I was thinking that they actually physically destroyed the material as such, but it was more about the destruction of the installments, or the work, e.g Lee Ufan’s Relatum III (a place within a certain situation), 1970 (Toothpicker). A work of ropes tied around a pillar and wooden blocks to hold them in place. Each new installation they responded to the respective site to
things a-new, a-fresh
An encounter in-between, on site, in a physical space and place. Perhaps, I was impressed as my visit followed our performance and viewing event two days before. I could experience a difference between materiality in space and screen based art. A truly embodied encounter.
And I felt some resonance with my recent assignment works, latex-paint-skin, stretching as encounter of forces
- Featured image: Screenshot from https://cardigallery.com/exhibitions/ and https://cardigallery.com/exhibitions/
- Fig. 1: Collages form photographs taken in the exhibition
- Fig. 2: SJSchaffeld – assignment 4 work
- GalleriesNow (2019) Tribute to Mono-Ha – Cardi Gallery, London, At: https://www.galleriesnow.net/shows/mono-ha/ (Accessed 21 July 2019). London: GalleriesNow.
- Toothpicker (2019) Tribute to Mono-Ha exhibition at Cardi Gallery in London, At: https://toothpicnations.co.uk/my-blog/?p=35941 (Accessed 24 July 2019). Toothpic Nations,.