16 November 2013-2 February 2014
'Second thoughts' is a solo exhibition by Darren Almond at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Japan. The exhibition includes video installation, painting, photography and three-dimensional objects dating back to 1999 and explores concepts such as the perception of time and personal and historical memory - all ongoing themes in Almond's work.
The artist has been visiting Japan since the early 90's and both it's culture and landscape have played an important role in his practice. Featured in the show are works inspired by Almond's experiences in Japan, Sometimes Still (2010) is a six-screen video installation of the artist's recordings of the Sennichi Kaihyôgô, a severe Buddhist training practice used to reach enlightenment that takes place over a period of seven years in Mt. Hiei of Kyoto, as well as Civil Dawn@Mt. Hiei (2008) a series of photographs taken at Mount Hiei, that capture the first light at sunrise. Almond will also present the sculptural wall installation Tide (2008).
The exhibition is curated by Mizuki Takahashi and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue in Japanese and English, that will be published by AKA Publishing Inc. in January 2014.
'Darren Almond: Second Thoughts'
Art Tower Mito
Contemporary Art Gallery
6 - 8 Gokencho, Mito
Closed on Mondays
029 22 8120
Darren Almond 'Tide' 2008 Digital wall clocks, Perspex, electro-mechanics, steel, vinyl, computerised electronic control system and components Each clock: 12 5/16 x 7 3/16 x 5 9/16 in. (31.2 x 18.2 x 14.2 cm)
© Darren Almond Photo: Hugo Glendinning Courtesy Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London, 2008