TODO “Bau / Bau”

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We are pleased to announce the exhibition “Bau / Bau” by the sculptor, TODO.

TODO is known for the works in which special debris, minerals or old books are combined with laminated glasses; for example, he has used the materials such as “Bricks of the building that was collapsed by Great Kanto Earthquake” or “Berlin Wall”. But simultaneously, he has created wide variety of works; a large quantities of drawings he makes everyday, or the installation that is constructed out of numerous wooden boxes; he treats the boxes as “small space” in the installation. In TODO’s works, the textures and identities of materials are directly made the most of, concurrently disassimilated and sharpened through craftsmanlike handwork; the works attract people’s attention at home and abroad.

In his manifold works, the one of common elements is; interest about “material” or “space”. There are also various aspects.

For instance, the laminated glasses are often recognized as catalyzer to get into; time that minerals enshrine, or historicity of debris that were parts of buildings once. TODO says that the process for laminating and polishing glasses are similar to looking into or exposing the story that each material has.

The other side, TODO aims for “changing the quality of space by the existence of sculpture” as a sculptor. Then letting glass appear in material means; “Showing the space inside material” for him. Making space exist inside the works itself, farther the material is part of building that had composed the another space once; It seemed as if the multilayered structure of work symbolically reveals various perspectives about material, space and architecture.

The title of this exhibition “Bau / Bau” shows the two words; “Abbau” which means ‘Demolition’ or ‘Remove’, “Aufbau” which means ‘Build’ or ’Structure’ in German. This exhibition will appear with the installation that reconstitutes the space by scaffolding. With dynamic architectual experiment to gallery-space, we will approach the exciting world surrounding “material” or “space”; they are also origin of his creation.