Ryohei Usui “Solid, State, Survivor”

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In this exhibition conceived for the new gallery space with the Oyoko River running behind it, sea glass symbolizes the relationship between the river and its drifting objects. Discarded plastic bottles are interwoven in an installation.

The title “Solid, State, Survivor” is derived from a song by the Japanese music group Yellow Magic Orchestra. While “solid state” is originally an electronics term, Usui explains that when each word is broken up into individual meanings, they can describe the small pieces of sea glass washed ashore.

Usui titled his series of glass works started in 2012 as “PET (Portrait of Encountered Things),” presenting them as contemporary portraits identifying the plastic containers left in the cityscape. What will be expressed through his new installation is the image of drifting objects in the flow of urban rivers. By overlapping his glass sculpture, Usui presents new portraits of the people living in given circumstances, like the current situation with COVID-19.

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from July 04, 2020 to August 09, 2020
Exhibition Hours: 13:00–19:00 Mon–Fri. 12:00–19:00 Sat–Sun. Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and public holidays.

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Ryohei Usui

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