Grassland Tears

manager in Portfolio 2017.07.03
Grassland Sun "Takasago #1"

Grassland Sun “Takasago #1″

Grassland Tears "Usumoshiri #2"

Grassland Tears “Usumoshiri #2″

Grassland Tears "Omoriyama #1"

Grassland Tears “Omoriyama #1″

Grassland Tears "Futatsumori #1"

Grassland Tears “Futatsumori #1″

Grassland Tears "Itabashiyama #1"

Grassland Tears “Itabashiyama #1″

Grassland Tears "Ayoro #1"

Grassland Tears “Ayoro #1″

Grassland Tears "Irie #1"

Grassland Tears “Irie #1″

Grassland Tears "Yagi B #1"

Grassland Tears “Yagi B #1″

Grassland Sun "Yagi B #2"

Grassland Sun “Yagi B #2″

Grassland Tears "Motoyashiki #1"

Grassland Tears ”Motoyashiki #1″

Taka Ishii Gallery Photograph / Film/(東京)2016_01

Taka Ishii Gallery Photograph / Film/(東京)2016

Taka Ishii Gallery Photograph / Film/(東京)2016_02

Taka Ishii Gallery Photograph / Film/(東京)2016

Taka Ishii Gallery Photograph / Film/(東京)2016_03

Taka Ishii Gallery Photograph / Film/(東京)2016


津田の「縄文歩き」はその土地に今でも残る縄文時代の生活の痕跡を身体で解いていく作業であり、それらの集積は研究者的な視点による事実の体系化に留まることなく、作家の関心は自然観・死生観・時の捉え方など、縄文時代の精神文化へ向けられています。

これらの縄文・続縄文時代の遺物は、単なる「モノ」ではなく、「形ある霊魂」であり「循環する命」そのものなのだと津田は考えます。その姿を紐解くべく像の階調を反転させた作品について、作家は、反転した世界=ネガの世界のうちに、暗闇には光が灯り、光には暗闇が仕舞われているのだと語っています。

生きとし生けるものは、この世に姿を現すときよりも、姿を消してゆくときの方が、よりその存在が露わになるのではないだろうか。一万年という果てしない地層を一頁ずつめくり、闇と影の間に光が蘇ったとき、我々の目には何が映り、何が残されてゆくのだろう。
(Taka Ishii Gallery「Grassland Tears」展プレスリリースより)

 

Through his “Jomon walks”, Tsuda also physically experiences the traces of Jomon era life that remain in the local regions. Going beyond the researcher’s objectification of accumulated data, Tsuda has directed his attention to the spiritual culture of the Jomon period and its perspectives on nature, time, and life and death.

For Tsuda, these Jomon relics are not mere objects. They are instead “spirits with physical form” and “reincarnated life”. Regarding the images of these objects, which he has produced in negative to disclose their true meaning, he explains that in the world of the negative, i.e. the reversed world, there is light in darkness and darkness hidden within light.   

All living things disclose their existence more fully in their disappearance from than their appearance in this world. When we turn the pages of a seemingly eternal, ten thousand years of geological layers, one by one, and light returns to the space of darkness and shadow, something is reflected and retained in our eyes.
(From the press release of “Grassland” Tears exhibition at Taka Ishii Gallery)

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