SCAI THE BATHHOUSE in Tokyo will hold Darren Almond’s exhibition “Within The Shadow of The Sun” from February 5th. Since early in his career, Almond has used a diverse range of media and techniques -from manufactured flip-clocks to moonlit, long-exposure photographs- to deploy the notion of time and the way it is perceived.
Many of his works are conceived during his expeditions to remote and often inaccessible locations such as the Arctic Circle, Siberia, and the mystic Hiei mountains in Japan. Though concurrently reflecting on the world’s geology, ecology and realities of the human condition within these landscapes, Almond’s work induces evocative meditations on time and duration activating both personal and collective memory.
The exhibition “Within The Shadow of The Sun” links together a constellation of his newest works made as a result of such explorations with a focus on celestial environments. Explicit in these works are the tools and language that have facilitated our greater understanding and comprehension of our being in relation to the infinite void of space and time. Central to the exhibition is “Hand-held Sun”, a projection of a low-fi iPhone video stretched to the full expanse of a high wall. The video was taken by the artist through the eyepiece of a solar telescope at the Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles. Almond’s oeuvre explores the emotional impact of waiting and anticipation, between arrival and departure, imbuing his works with a quiet, mystical and daring quality.
Darren Almond “Within The Shadow of The Sun”
Date: February 5th – March 5th, 2016
Opening hours: 12:00 – 18:00 (Closed on Sunday, Monday and National Holidays)
Place: SCAI THE BATHHOUSE
Address: Kashiwayu-Ato, 6-1-23 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Text: Aya Shomura