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Exhibitions | Aug 29 2019 1 - 4 pm

#3 Restoration (Project Ephemeral) by Takayuki Matsuo

Exhibition dates: Thursday, August 29, 2019
Hours: 1-4 pm
Location: Brooklyn (Railroad Site off Morgan Ave.)
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Please join us for RESTORATION – Project Ephemeral, the third of four monthly interventions led by the RU artist Takayuki Matsuo in outdoor spaces.

On August 29, from 1 - 4 pm Takayuki Matsuo  invites viewers to see a restored section of daily life. Using objects and materials that he found at the exhibition site, Matsuo worked to "restore" these items and now re-presents them to us in the same space that they were discovered. By assembling disjointed items he compensates for the missing original parts by pairing them with new materials. Matsuo envisions this process of restoration as a way of bringing the objects back to their original form rather than aiming to restore the original function of the objects.

#3 Restoration is part Project Ephemeral is a series of four one-day exhibitions held between June and September 2019 in nonwhite cube locations such as abandoned buildings, streets of New York, roadsides and vacant lots. Following a set of self-assigned rules, Matsuo investigates, cleans, restores, preserves and archives "the modest thing that is already in there". Matsuo does not claim these actions as artistic ones but as every day gestures that viewers who happen to be on the spot will interpret as a mirage or a total solar eclipse.

#3 Restoration (Project Ephemeral) by Takayuki Matsuo


Takayuki Matsuo takes his inspiration from collecting found objects mainly from the street. His practice is shaped by the concept of “the usefulness of the uselessness” borrowed from ancient Chinese philosophy. Matsuo thinks of the value of things through "natural artifacts" that are being naturalized by losing their original function due to aging and external factors. His goal is to maximize their potential and eliminate ego and subjective action in the creative process as much as possible. His artistic approach is influenced by various sources including Wajiro Kon (”Modern archeology” ) through to Genpei Akasegawa ("Street Observation") and Japanese contemporary art.

Takayuki Matsuo's residency and this program are made possible with the support from Qualix Inc.



Takayuki Matsuo

#2 CLEANING (Project Ephemeral), by Takayuki Matsuo

#1 INVESTIGATION (Project Ephemeral), by Takayuki Matsuo