Hiroshi Kariya “It Is All About the One Piece, and Millions of Others”
[Image: Hiroshi Kariya "Given shape with 93 pieces of seeds, a grasp, direction, turning point, choices of every 5 pieces" (2016) California small white beans, resin glue, acrylic, correction ink, copy paper 20x20x2cm]
This event has ended.
For many years, Hiroshi Kariya has been developing work based around the concept of the “sutra.” His work “Seed Sutra,” presented in this exhibition, is comprised of numerous small fragments - specks - of seeds that the artist has written the three words “the now is” onto every day. Kariya began working on this piece in 1984 and has continued production on it ever since, with many interim pauses. The total work is believed to now amount to around 25 years’ worth of production.
Regarding the words “the now is”, these may be considered the artist’s own “sutra.”
Kariya’s sutra transcriptions are not a work attempting to confirm the exact instant of the “now,” rather, they are the embodiment of the fact that within this “now” the endless circle of things in flux through birth, death, and rebirth, continues eternally.
His works, which may be said to be themselves like prayers, are fervently resonant for we who live in a world in which we can never know what tomorrow brings. For Kariya, a prayer is “the equilibrium of an endless quantity of all things unevenly distributed; the equilibrium of a single universe.”
Witness the internal universe of Kariya, whose work, after 21 years, hereby returns to Mizuma Art Gallery.
from January 13, 2018 to February 10, 2018