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Darren Almond, Second Thoughts

Contemporary Art Gallery Tower Mito, Ibaraki (Japan)

16.11.2013 - 02.02.2014

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E-Flux Press release

From November 16, 2013 to February 2, 2014, the Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito has invited London based artist Darren Almond to do a large-scale solo exhibition. The exhibition gathers diverse works (video installations, paintings, photographs and three-dimensional objects) made since 1999 and invites visitors to take part in a meditation on time and personal and historical memory.


Darren Almond, Second Thoughts, Contemporary Art Gallery Tower Mito, Ibaraki

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Exhibition 16 November 2013 - 02 February 2014. Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, 1-6-8 Gokencho, Mito-shi  - Ibaraki, 310-0063 (Japan). Tel +81 (0)29 227 8120. Opening hours: Tuesday - –Sunday 9:30–18h.

Darren Almond, Less Than Zero, 2013. Video installation. Courtesy of the artist.

Darren Almond, Less Than Zero, 2013. Video installation. Courtesy of the artist.

Almond is interested in the mutual relationship between the scientific concept of time and its psychological perception. In his works he applies different media in an attempt to represent various scales of time and connect the viewer's perception of real time to the abyss of time.

Travel and discovery are also important for his artistic practice. Visiting ancient relics, post-industrialized cities and wild nature sites across the globe, Almond has recalled the history of human act and its dignity in civilization.

Japan plays an important role for Almond's creative work. Since the 1990s he has traveled around Japan and created works inspired by its nature and culture. The CAC is exhibiting three pieces which Almond created based on his experiences in Japan. Sometimes Still (2010) is a six-screen video installation showing Almond's recordings of the so called Sennichi Kaihyôgô. This Buddhist practice is a severe training taking place over a period of seven years around Mt. Hiei of Kyoto in order to reach enlightenment. The photographic series "Civil Dawn@Mt. Hiei" was shot at Mount Hiei, capturing the first sunlight of the day touching the earth. Another photo series, "Day for Night," depicts the iconic flower of Japan, the cherry blossom. Along with a selection of recent works, the exhibition also presents his important large-scale video installation All Things Pass (2012) and the sculptural wall installation Tide (2008).

Almond tackles the relationship between the ontology of human and industrialization in his past works. The new work Less Than Zero refers to the climate of the Arctic landscape mined by Stalin's Gulag prisoners and it addresses the landscape of the industrial age in a post-industrial nuclear age.

The exhibition Second Thoughts will provide the space for encountering different dimensions of time and space and human agency in natural landscape.