11.09. — 22.10.2021
Mayfly - Japanese: Kagero - is the program for the upcoming exhibition of the Mikikio Sato Gallery. From September 10 to October 9, it will show objects, videos, films and photos by Shingo Yoshida and Ken Matsubara. While Shingo's work has already been shown several times in exhibitions at the gallery, it will be the first appearance in Hamburg for the internationally renowned artist Ken Matsubara. Characteristic of both artists is that their works refer to the fleeting nature of all earthly existence. Shingo, by reporting on cultural myths and legends attached to the times that he encounters during his worldwide travels. Matsubara by explicitly referring to classical Buddhist poetics and aesthetics with his films and photos.
The starting point for one of his most recent trips was an old postcard for Shingo Yoshida from 1964. It led him to Estonia to the "Pärnu Rannahoone" (Pärnu Sea House), an old, still preserved tourist complex from Soviet times. Yoshida tells of the elegant building and its maritime surroundings with film and photo. His second film took him to Catalan Spain, to Bausen, where he pursued the existence of legendary elves. These, it is reported, lure the hiker roaming through the forests to the wrong tracks ....
Ken Matsubara, whose solo exhibition planned for last year was cancelled due to pandemic reasons, shows classically Far Eastern-looking works. With short film sequences and photos in captivating black and white, Matsubara celebrates the fleeting nature of all existence. Among other things, he refers to the Buddhist heart sutra, Hannya shingyō in Japanese, the "heart" of the Sutra of Supreme Wisdom (Prajnaparamita Sutra): "Form is not different from emptiness, emptiness is not different from form." Moving water in a bowl that shapes and deforms the moon; a sheet of paper floating in the wind and which thus becomes visible - with short sequences like these, Matsubara leads us into the space that Roland Barthes once called the "realm of signs".
We are looking forward to your visit!Opening: Friday, 10 September 2021, 4 – 9 pm