Nobuo Sekine, "Phase of nothingness - Skin",
solo exhibition of new works

Oct. 12 (Thu.) to 25 (Wed.)

New Series "Phase of nothingness - Skin"

One of Sekine’s earlier works “Phase?Mother Earth,” has become a monumental work to mark the beginning of “Mono-ha” movement. Since then, Sekine, now living in Los Angeles has been actively producing paintings and sculptures. Underlying theme in Sekine’s works is a concept of “topological space.” Through a series of paintings from 1978, titled, “Phase Conception,” the artist presented the idea of “painting” as “depthless membrane or surface film.” He considered all the paintings as one continuous spatial existence. Each painting becomes a mere “phase,” a cross-section of the whole. At this exhibition, Sekine presents his recent series of paintings "Phase of nothingness-skin.”

According to Sekine, “’Phase of nothingness’ indicates the state of the phase being open. That is, the phase is open widely and infinitely, free and unbound.” In "Phase of nothingness-skin," the artist uses canvas which escapes the control of the artist, to bring the action of the artist and the material closer. In "Phase of nothingness-skin," therefore, each painting becomes a phase more flexible and elastic. This series not only lead the spatial recognition of the audience through vision to somatic sensation, to spiritual field, but to the field that is even more open and free.

Nobuo Sekine
Born in Saitama, Japan in 1942. Graduated with M.F.A. in Painting from Tama Art University in 1968. In the same year, Sekine presented “Phase?Mother Earth” in Kobe, which marks the beginning of “Mono-ha” movement. A series of painting “Phase of Nothingness” was chosen for the Venice Biennale in 1970 and a numbers of solo exhibitions were held subsequently in Europe. Sekine established Environmental Art Studios, a public art agency in 1973 to produce landscapes and monuments for public spaces, and phase paintings. Now living in Los Angeles, Sekine continues to make works up to the present time. Solo exhibitions were held internationally since 1969, including the one at Kawagoe City Art Museum in 2003. Major group exhibition in recent years are the Busan Biennale (Korea), 2002; “A Secret of History of Clay,” the Tate Gallery, Live rpool, 2004; “Mono-ha, Reconsidered”, the National Museum of Art, Osaka, 2005; “Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde”, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2012. Many of Sekine’s works are included in museum collections in many countries.
PhaseーMother Earth “PhaseーMother Earth”
Earth, cement Cylinder: 220x270 (diameter)cm, Hole: 220x270 (diameter)cm
Installation view, 1st Kobe Suma Rikyu Park Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition,
October 1ーNovermber 10, 1968. Photo: Osamu Murai 1968
Phase of NothingnessーBlack “Phase of NothingnessーBlack”
1978 FRP、Size variable Installation View, Nobuo Sekine: Skulptur 1975-1978,
Stadtische Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, July 21ーAugust 27, 1978. Photo: Yoriko Kushigemachi.