Art Court Gallery, Osaka, 2013
Shiro Matsui has always presented fresh and unexpected ideas of space. His works, that are produced with various materials and scales, reverse our polarized notions of "interior/exterior" and "here/there," or partially connect and extend these fields. Experiencing these spatial inversions, connections and extensions through his/her own visual and physical senses, the viewers framework of recognition is swayed and expanded to a new plane.
Forwards Backwards presents a series of new works in which fluid materials such as water, goldfish and aquatic plants are combined inside ceramic vessels with unique forms. Each is arranging as a "garden," that is a kind of device that facilitates a diversity of spatial recognitions by viewers in the gallery.
Wandering inside the space the works create, both mentally inside individual gardens and physically among a series of gardens, perception is opened toward intricate and fertile interrelations with the surrounding world.
(text from exhibition catalogue)
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