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Human Time, Nature’s Time


It is well known that clocks in the past were not as elaborate as they are today. There may be technical reasons for this, but above all, this fact indicates that people did not live in such a standardized time as we do today.

In the space of Koichi Matsufuji’s solo exhibition “Traveling in the Sky,” a vast variety of human and natural time flows. The installation piece, which uses stained glass to express the sky, light, or shadows that are inextricably linked to light, at the same time incorporates objects that remind one of Shinto altar. Other works on display include a photographic piece depicting the world as seen from the perspective of a sort of migratory butterfly, chestnut tiger, through the surface of a blown glass piece with bubbles mixed in, and a blown glass piece placed on a concrete block that makes you hear the sound of waves when you put your ear close to it. The exhibition space is filled with a variety of materials and elements that related to both human and nature, and is designed to foreground the blurring of the boundary line that separates humans and nature.

Time, by its very nature, has a remarkable richness that varies from species to species and from individual to individual. Through Matsufuji’s works, we are reminded of this fact.

Hiroki Yamamoto

(Cultural studies scholar, artist, lecturer at Kanazawa College of Art)

松藤孝一 個展 ギャラリーO2



米田晴子(石川県能登島ガラス美術館 学芸員)

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