Nobuo Sekine

Nobuo Sekine, Phase–Mother Earth (1968), installation view at the 1st Kobe Suma Rikyu Park Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, Kobe, Japan, 1968. Photo by Osamu Murai. © Nobuo Sekine.
Nobuo Sekine, Phase–Mother Earth (1968), installation view at the 1st Kobe Suma Rikyu Park Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, Kobe, Japan, 1968. Photo by Osamu Murai. © Nobuo Sekine.

“Even in the simplest structures, multiple landscapes or thoughts can be expressed. [. . .] I create works with the perspective of admiration for nature. I believe that my job is to convey the richness of nature to viewers.” Sekine mentioned in one of his interview.

In the work of Phase-mother Earth, I am looking at the repetitive day after day of nonsensical act of digging. The performance element and the shocking visual of the work. In Lee Ufan’s words, “his act merely turned the earth into earth. It added nothing, it subtracted nothing”. Some of my recent works have been sticking with this principle. Without changing the material, by repetitive and rearranging to make it visible.

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