Phase of Nothingness--Cloth and Stone
Nobuo Sekine ( Japanese, 1942 )
Using natural materials such as stone, wood, and cotton in their unadulterated states in conjunction with wire, light bulbs, glass, and steel plates, Nobuo Sekine and other Mono-ha artists were interested in exploring the tension that results from the moment of encounter between objects and how this can profoundly alter one’s perception. Phase of Nothingness-Cloth and Stone, 1970, demonstrates how Sekine carefully configured materials to activate the surrounding space, emphasizing a “phase” of experience during the time in which the object was to be temporarily displayed, subsequently discarded, and re-created for future exhibition. Phase of Nothingness-Cloth and Stone interacts with its space through the gestural act of suspending a stone from cloth with a rope. After Phase of Nothingness-Cloth and Stone was initially realized in 1970, Sekine destroyed the work and created it again in 2004 for an exhibition in Tokyo.
Gabriel Ritter, Label text, 2014.
Jeffrey Grove, DMA unpublished material, 2012.
- Dallas Museum of Art UNCRATED
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