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Tatsuo Kawaguchi "From 172800 Seconds in 1971 to 345600 Seconds in 2021"

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Tatsuo Kawaguchi "From 172800 Seconds in 1971 to 345600 Seconds in 2021"
session:2021.4.23fri.-5.22sat.13:00-19:00
*closed on Sun, Mon, Tue and public holidays.
venue:SNOW Contemporary
cooperation:Tomotaro Kaneko

SNOW Contemporary is pleased to present Tatsuo Kawaguchi's solo exhibition "From 172800 Seconds in 1971 to 345600 Seconds in 2021"from April 23 to May 22, 2021.

On November 23, 1971, the "Tatsuo Kawaguchi Solo Exhibition: 172800 Seconds" was held at galerie 16 in Kyoto. The exhibition was held the year after he received international attention and recognition for his talent by exhibiting his 26 photographs, "Land and Sea," which depicted fixed-point observations of changes in the coastline caused by the ebb and flow of the tide, at “The 10th Japan International Art Exhibition (Tokyo Biennale)” (1970), for which Yusuke Nakahara was the commissioner. In his solo exhibition "172800 Seconds," half a century ago, he attempted to film and record the space with an 8mm camera installed on the wall of the gallery space and a tape recorder placed on the floor. After the exhibition, he sealed the recorded film and tape with lead. Yusuke Nakahara commented on this exhibition, which made viewers aware of the possibility of thought and invisible events, such as the passing of time and the "relationship" with viewers as follows:

When we expect something to exist but are perplexed as the expected something is not found there, will it be regarded as nothing but a nonsensical and empty endeavor?
(from the exhibition leaflet of Tatsuo Kawaguchi solo exhibition “172800 Seconds”)

For this exhibition, Kawaguchi will present "345600 Seconds" in 2021, a re-creation of "172800 Seconds" from 1971.
Together with films and tapes that Kawaguchi sealed at the time, the show will also include works of frottage.
Commenting on the re-creation of his 1971 exhibition, Kawaguchi says:

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Initially I had planned to exactly reproduce “172800 Second Exhibition.”
However, even if I could find all the necessary devices to enact it again, it is not possible to reproduce the time itself, namely the 172800 seconds back in 1971.
If it were a piece of painting or sculpture, it would appear as it was made at that time, even in 2021. However, the indispensable component of this work is time itself, not matter.
Time arises based on the “irreversibility of time.” Therefore, I decided to change the content of this exhibition, “From 172800 Seconds in 2021 to 345600 Seconds in 2021.”
The “172800 Second Exhibition” held in 1971 has come back to our hands after 50 years just like a “boomerang of time.” I wonder towards what destination the “boomerang of time” thrown again in 2021 would be traveling in against the “irreversibility of time,” as paradoxical as that may sound. Perhaps, I might not exist in the place it will come back to one day. I wonder who would receive it.
The sealing of sights and sounds could be thought of as an “objectification of time,” which we can never see. Today, we are about to revisit the question of time in art endlessly.
As we mutter: “Time, don’t you stop.”
(from the exhibition catalogue of “From 172800 Seconds in 1971 to 345600 Seconds in 2021” (2021)

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Through this exhibition, which questions the nature of time while recreating and quoting an exhibition held 50 years ago, we will have a rare opportunity to see the core of the creative activities of Tatsuo Kawaguchi, who has led the art world as a leading figure in conceptual art, and the presentness that emerges through this exhibition. We hope you will enjoy the exhibition.

solo show / Artist Voice Tatsuo Kawaguch “non-respiring”
session:2021.4.19 Mon. - 6.18 Fri. 11:00 - 18:00
*closed on Sat, Sun, and public holidays.
venue:Keio University Art Space
HP : http://www.art-c.keio.ac.jp

Related events
The Symposium "Tatsuo Kawaguchi: Time Boomerang"
Date: May 8th, 2021 (Sat.) 14:30 - 16:30
Speakers: Tatsuo Kawaguchi / Tomotaro Kaneko / Yohko Watanabe
Enquiries and bookings
HP:http://www.art-c.keio.ac.jp

[this discussion on May 8, it was canceled] : from the domestic infection of the new coronavirus infectious disease and the emergency declaration procession into consideration
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