teamLab, Ultra Subjective Space
Pace Gallery, NYC
July 17 - August 15
teamLab, a Japanese digital artists collective led by Toshiyuki Inoko, refer to themselves as “ultra-technologists." Their first U.S. exhibition is currently at Pace Gallery in West Chelsea. Ultra Subjective Space is made up of five large-scale digital monitor pieces and digital installation. The pieces are made up of small details which each tell a mythological tale. The programs are random. Each scene, each moment is unique and never repeated, the work is not pre-recorded. In Flower and Corpse Glitch, for example, (very detailed) flowers grow, they loose their bloom, loose their petal, then grow elsewhere but we aren't able to distinguish where. They grow differently and we see their growth differently. Very surreal.
Inspiration: Seventeenth-century Japanese Art and contemporary forms of anime.
Medium: Digital media
My Favorite Piece: Flower and Corpse Glitch Set of 12, a mythological tale about Japanese civilization, natural disaster, war and eventual rebirth all told on high definition monitors.
Pace Gallery: Founded in Boston in 1960, Pace Gallery is now a leading contemporary art gallery with ten locations worldwide, five of which are located in New York City. Pace on 534 West 25th Street is still exhibiting Tara Donovan's incredible installation, Untitled (read more: here). Their gallery on 510 West 25th Street is where you will find teamLab's exhibition. While viewing the work I was lucky enough to eavesdrop on a tour that a member of the gallery was giving to friends of on of the artists. He noticed and gave me a tour afterwards which was fantastic. Great reception!
"Speaking of sound, I think Japanese painting also encompasses the elapsing of time, something very different from Western art. It’s a matter of course for paintings to feature four seasons all in one piece. Quite the opposite from Western art, these images never bother themselves with duplicating an exact moment seen by the naked eye. Instead, they take a birds-eye view of nature. It’s essentially God looking down at a scene. This was considered the norm." - Yuji Yamashita
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