Infinity – Alberto Garutti, Peter Halley, Tatsuo Miyajima, Roman Opalka, Lee Ufan, Clare Woods
The concept of infinity is applied to phenomena that transcend the quantifiable, where our systems of measurability no longer provide accurate information. At this point we enter a realm where the purely metric crosses over with the transcendent, with the spiritual and philosophically speculative. Artistic creation often emerges along this line - from clear localisation to ephemeral appearance. The works of the artists in the exhibition can all be related - in one way or another - to the concept of infinity.
Thus, the notion of the end point of the measurable, and a possible beginning of infinity, appears in the work Orizzonte by Alberto Garutti (1948, Galbiate, IT). Each work in the series Orizzonte, begun in 1987, has an everlasting relationship with the name of its owner in the title of the work, and thus continues to write itself. "When I design a new horizon, I always imagine the straight line leaving my studio, entering the homes of collectors and joining the others to construct the 'ideal' horizon of my life, the union of all those who love and support my work," says the artist. The sharp horizontal division into a white and a black surface, in which the surrounding space is reflected, creates an association of infinite space behind the line of the horizon.
In 1965, the French-born Polish artist Roman Opałka made a fundamental artistic decision that would henceforth determine the rest of his life and work. He decided to paint numbers from one to infinity for the duration of his life, progressing from one canvas to the next. Using a fine brush, starting with a small "1" in the upper left corner of a black canvas measuring 195 x 135 cm, the artist continued to paint neat rows of tiny consecutive numbers from one side of the canvas to the other. By the time he reached the lower right corner, he had reached the number 35,327. The next painting then began with this number, etc. From 1971 onwards, Opalka began to make the ground colour of the canvas 1% whiter with each new painting. At the time of his death in August 2011, Opalka's decade-long count had reached 5,607,249. Over the course of 46 years, 233 canvases were created. Opalka contrasts the paintings with his photographic portrait, which he took of himself with the same expression over and over again. These photographs impressively document the changeability of all being.
Tatsuo Miyajima's (*1957, Tokyo) work Life (ku wall) consists of numerical displays made of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that light up in a black square object at unpredictable speeds and positions. The numbers 1-9 - 0 is omitted, as in all of Tatsuo Miyajima's work - light up in an infinite combinatorics in inexhaustible variations. Keep changing, connect with everything, and continue forever are the three conceptual foundations of Tatsuo Miyajima's multifaceted work, whose existential examination of time and number in a world increasingly dominated by numbers and counting, the measurable and the finite, is impressively topical.
Peter Halley (*1953, New York City), key figure of the Neo-Conceptualism of the 1980s, is known for his "Cells", geometric-abstract works that transfer the radically contentless codes of historical abstraction into a post-structuralist reading. His abstract-geometrical paintings, often executed in Day-Glo luminous paint, thematise the world as a network of structural references and dependencies. A special place in Halley's oeuvre is occupied by the 2017 work Explosion in the exhibition - an explosion of soft greens and yellows on aluminium that could be read as an explosive commentary on the artist's austere geometricising works.
In the work Study for Maybe in Another World by Clare Woods (*1973, Southampton, UK), the questioning of the (in)finite takes place from a deeply painterly perspective. The title refers to another world, painted in ephemeral yet powerful brushstrokes, the image detail shows us a section of a - potentially infinite - painterly sky. The subject of the sky is new in Clare Wood's extensive oeuvre, apart from the paintings of windows from recent years, in which the sky appeared as an inkling, a glimpse out of the window. In Wood's painting, the sky appears as a space that "hovers above things", just as the sky is a highly symbolic territory in Western culture. The "infinite", unfinished, of the sky is now defined by a strong cut-out, the (potential) infinity of the space above us transferred into an image of sublime colour.
Lee Ufan (*1936, Gyeongsangnam-do, Korea), the most prominent member of the influential Mono-ha movement in Japan, painter, sculptor, author, philosopher, uses the raw material as an inescapable quantity. A profound connoisseur of modern philosophy and Asian metaphysics, Lee Ufan has combined his artistic practice with a wealth of theoretical and philosophical writings. Western notions of representation are critically considered by Lee Ufan, and his work explores the relationships between materials and their perception. His minimalist practice, which bears witness to an extraordinary ethic of restraint, creates a form of dialectical approach to the infinite via emptiness.
The exhibited work Relatum, 1978 combines a three-metre rope with a 350-kilogram steel block. Measurable quantities, weight, length, extension, volume are made accessible to the viewer with the invitation to examine the metaphysical content for oneself. Thus the work spans the arc, to quote Wittgenstein, between "The world is everything that is the case" to "What one cannot speak about, one must remain silent about". The work was exhibited in the 2011 exhibition Marking Infinity at the Guggenheim New York.
For more information on the artists or images, please feel free to contact the gallery at any time.
Born 1957 in Tokyo. Lives and works in Ibaraki, Japan.
2012 - 2016Kyoto University of Art & Design Vice President
2006 - 2016Tohoku University of Art & Design Vice President
|1986||Completed postgraduate studies at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (M.A.)|
|1984||Graduated from Oil Painting Course, Fine Arts Department, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (B.A.)|
|1998||London Institute honorary doctorate|
|1993||Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris|
|1990–1991||DAAD Scholarship Berliner Kunstprogramm Berlin,|
|1990||ACC - Asian Cultural Council, New York|
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan
Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
Panasonic Museum in Osaka, Japan
FARET Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan
TV Asahi building, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Opera City, Tokyo, Japan
Chiba City Museum, Chiba, Japan
Group Home Sala in Florence Village, Akita, Japan
The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan
Saitama Prefectural University, Saitama, Japan
Izumi City Plaza, Osaka, Japan
Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, Kagawa, Japan
Iwaki City Art Museum, Fukushima, Japan
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
M+ Museum, Hong Kong
Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
Samsung Cultural Foundation, Seoul, Korea
Leeum, Samsung Museum, Seoul, Korea
Chinese Telecom, Taipei, China
Tate Gallery, London, UK
The British Museum, London, UK
Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France
Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland
Université de Genève, Switzerland
La Caixa, Barcelona, Spain
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany
Fondazione TESECO per l'Arte, Pisa, Italy
Chateau La Coste, Aix-en-Provence, France
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, U.S.A.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, U.S.A.
Dallas Museum of Art, U.S.A.
Denver Art Museum, Denver, U.S.A.
Dannheisser Foundation, New York, U.S.A.
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada
Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia
|2005||ARTISTS SUMMIT, KYOTO, Kyoto University of Art and Design, Kyoto, Japan|
|2002||Collaboration with SOPHNET (fashion design brand) 2002 A/W Collection Tokyo
1000 Real Life Project - Death Clock, Tokyo
|2000||Floating Time - Hospice Project, Sotoasahikawa Hospital, Akita|
|1998||Portfolio for The Edge of Awareness|
|1995||Portfolio for 4. Uluslararasi Istanbul Bienali－ORIENT / ATION|
|1994||Mirror, multiple, Spiral, Tokyo|
|1993||Over Economy, acrylic, pencil on bank note \10,000|
|1992||Project for PARKETT|
|1984||Time Funeral, record jacket, SMS Records|
Born in 1948 in Galbiate
Lives and works in Milan
2012 Permanent artwork, Porta Nuova-Garibaldi, Milan
2011 Permanent artwork, Malpensa airport, Stazione Cadorna, Milan
2005 Appointed for the enclosure project of the garden in front of the Fondazione Sandretto, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
Invitation contest for the new Cittadella Giustizia, Venice
2002 Artwork for the Sant'Andrea Hospital, Rome
1999 Artwork for the Pietrasanta Hotel, Room 101, Pietrasanta Forte dei Marmi
1998 Permanent artwork, Piazza Dante, Bergamo
1996 Artwork for Palazzo Cordati, Fondazione Teseco per l’Arte, Barga
Permanent artwork, Piazza Pontida, Bergamo
1993 Permanent artwork, Hotel Palace, Room 402, Bologna
Born 1953, New York, USA. Lives and works in New York, USA.
Born 1972, lives and works in Hereford, UK
|1997 - 99||MA, Goldsmith’s College, London|
|1991 - 94||BA, Bath College of Art, Bath|
|2022||Elected to Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK|
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj
Arts Council Collection, London
British Airways Art Collection, London
CCA Andratx, Mallorca
Colección VAC (Valencia Arte Contemporáneo), Valencia
Government Art Collection, London
Harewood House, Leeds
Honart Museum, Tehran
Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge
Mead Gallery, Warwick University, Warwick
NationalCollection of Wales, Cardiff
Nuffield College Collection, Oxford
Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton
The British Council Collection, London
The Dakis Joannou Collection Foundation, Athens
The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield
The Hiscox Collection, London
The Hive, Worcester
The National Museum, Cardiff
The Ophiuchus Collection, Geneva
Tulle House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle
VIA University, Aarhus
Born 1931, Abbeville-Saint-Lucien, France. Died 2011, Rome, Italy.
Born 1936 in Gyeongsangnam-do, Korea