London, 2013


Floating World – an exhibition in 3 parts by KAZ

7 June ~ 14 July 2013

PART 3: 5~14 July

With Stefano W. Pasquini

Kingsgate Gallery
110-116 Kingsgate
London NW6 2JG
Tel: 020 7328 7878

The title of the exhibition, ‘floating world’, is a literal translation of a Japanese word ‘ukiyo’, alluding to the nature of this world where everything is fleeting, as if floating away on a river. The word also refers to the everyday life and the pleasure-seeking aspects of the Edo-period of Japan (1600-1867) with its understanding and even acceptance of transience, where one is led to an attitude of defiance.

In the present day, as the technological advancement gathers pace and provides us with means to transcend time and space more easily and rapidly, the fluid nature of the world is becoming more apparent, presenting us with an increasing sense of uncertainty. An exploration of the ideas associated with ‘ukiyo’ or the floating world seems relevant and timely under such circumstances.

In order to reflect the theme of impermanence, the exhibition will transform over the course of six weeks with the format and the exhibited works changing every two weeks.

Each part will engage with different aspects of the ideas presented by the term ‘ukiyo’, including a fundamental transient state underlying the everyday, as well as the implication of such a state on our subjectivity and our responses to it. Another aspect which will be addressed is the effect of impermanence on the notion of time, both linear and non linear.

‘Always Untitled’, a site specific video installation work using the white noise of an analogue television and rotating mirrorballs will be exhibited in the first two weeks, providing a constantly shifting immersive visual
landscape. The use of mirrorballs in the space suggests both cosmic transience and hedonistic pleasure. 

In the following two weeks, a two-channel video projection work, ‘Nozomi’, made in collaboration with the poet, Peter Jaeger, will provide the main focus. The work introduces movement, which is both linear and cyclical, in the form of a train journey and the constant stream of text running across the bottom of the screen, which raises the question of where the movement is taking us.

The final phase of the exhibition will be in the form of a two person exhibition. The Italian artist, Stefano W. Pasquini, based in Bologna, is invited to exhibit a selection of works made using a wide range of media in response to his experience of every day life. These will be exhibited alongside Kaz’s untitled minilmalist, site-specific installation work consisting of sheets of A4 paper and UV lighting. These two contrasting styles of work provide an insight into different ways
of attempting to impose order on reality. 

Images courtesy KAZ.

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