Nelo Akamatsu “Meteon”

Mizuma Art Gallery - Ichigaya

poster for Nelo Akamatsu “Meteon”
[Image: Nelo Akamatsu “Meteon” (partial) (2019) glass, acrylic resin, stone, etc., © AKAMATSU Nelo / Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery]

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Nelo Akamatsu will present two new works in this exhibition: “Meteon,” which uses the principle of heat vaporization, and “Chijikigumo,” which attempts to visualize the effects of geomagnetic fields. The title of the exhibition, “Meteon,” is a term coined by Akamatsu, combining “Meteorology” and “On” (the Japanese word for sound).

A sound installation incorporates the principle of heat vaporization: When water evaporates, there is a loss of heat, causing the temperature to drop, and the resulting temperature difference becomes the driving force for the work’s system to generate sound. Akamatsu has symbolically treated water evaporation as one of the focal elements of weather phenomena, and has likened the interior of the glass container to a weather environment existing in an imaginary planet. The random sounds you begin to hear from all sides as you enter the gallery space and the unpredictable rhythms that are created between the interval of sounds make our sense of hearing more sensitive and allow us to experience sensory expansion.

“Chijikigumo” is an installation piece where layered rings drifting like clouds and are fluidly rotated by the presence of geomagnetism. Recent research has shown that humans have the potential to sense magnetism as their sixth sense, just like migratory birds and bees possessing geomagnetic sensors within their own bodies in order to carry out seasonal migration and homing. Akamatsu, who has been interested in geomagnetism for many years, has often incorporated this idea into his artworks, creating his new work through trial and error, and he has captured the visuals of earth’s magnetic force through cloud-like movements.



from May 29, 2019 to June 29, 2019

Opening Reception on 2019-05-29 from 18:00 to 20:00


Nelo Akamatsu



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