Tatsuo Miyajima: Counter Void

Madrid, May 21 - July 31, 2004

Press Release

Galería Javier López is pleased to present an installation by Japanese artist, TATSUO MIYAJIMA (1957). The show closes the cycle dedicated to the artist and initiated by his recent show at the gallery, “Counter Me On,” which displayed a selection of his most recent works in Manuel González Longoria space. For this occasion, at the José Marañón space, the artist presents “Counter Void,” a huge digital counter of neon light that counts from nine to one. This installation displays different aspects during day and night. Miyajima’s intention in this series is to symbolize distinctive states - life and death. -

Tatsuo Miyajima completed his post-graduate studies in 1986 at the Tokyo National University. He first attracted attention in 1988 when his work was exhibited at the Venice Biennale, in the Aperto section. He would again participate in 1999 in this contemporary art exhibition representing his country with ‘Mega Death,’ displayed in the Japanese Pavilion the installation exemplifies his already well-known digital counters devised from LEDs.

Through his focus on the subjects of time and space, Miyajima follows a Japanese tradition. His exciting technologies operate on the tension between the modern and the past. The artist considers our perception of time to be essential to the basic definition of human spirituality. His work from the 80s made out of materials often already used (old televisions, transistors, etc.) creates virtual electronic nervous systems that combine sound, image and movement. This works enabled the artist to develop the principles that still today guide his work: continuous change, endless change, and a connection with everything. “Infinity, like time itself, keeps changing.”

Despite the existing reference to Serial art from the 70s, his work also alludes to Buddhist precepts. Miyajima sees Buddhism as a religion about time. His numerical images symbolize in their unceasing change the extensive challenge of visualizing the vast complexity of the universe; defiance defined as much by Buddhist philosophy as by modern Physics. In this universe the individual represents nothing more than a tiny, but significant unit within a vast and incomprehensible whole. But above all, Miyajima is, like any other artist, an inventor that uses images that offer his particular vision of reality.

He has recently exhibited at the Hayward Gallery in London, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in California.

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Tatsuo Miyajima

Selected Press

El Cultural_El Mundo
November 20, 2003

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La Vanguardia
November 26, 2003

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Galería Antiqvaria nº222
December, 2003

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Caballo Verde_La Razón
December 12, 2003

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Tatsuo Miyajima: Counter Void

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