EUKARYOTE is pleased to release an archive, “para nature” which is a group exhibition of Yu-ki Abe, Shin-ichiro Koromo, Miyu Araki and Taishi Hatakeyama
It can download for free from the EUKARYOTE website as a PDF file.
It contains photos of works of each artist and installation arts and texts about this exhibition written by Shin Yoshimura who is an art critic and a curator.
it designed by Minori Asada
The following text is an excerpt from the archive book.
Timothy Morton said, “Nature wavers in between the divine and the material”. In relation to human society since the modern era, nature – its existence which arises regardless of human hands – is being riven in two by its use as a mere resource for manufacturing and as a target of mostly religious adoration. On the one side Romanticism has pursued a unity with God within a sublime landscape that overpowers perception, but on the other side Rationalism which regards natural beauty a reflection of human’s geometrical spirit has made materials fit to purposeful forms. As a result of these two trends of thoughts, can we say that we have to be content with fragments of nature ordered in artificial urban environments, otherwise we can only desire illusions of romantic landscapes distributed in the consumer society? Morton asserts that we should abandon the concept of ‘nature’ in order to think of the real ecological symbiosis between humanity and the earth. However, in reality, nature has not become a needless concept. We’d like to think about natura naturans (naturing nature), which is not static creations, but a creative flow that changes itself. Nature in this sense works to us through our ‘body’. it can be thought as a force that opens up unknown landscapes by involving both humanity and the earth. Nature and us are not completely either separated or unified into one. There is a intimacy between humanity and the earth, even if it is also full of conflict. Let us try calling this “para nature”, landscapes and things which are born from the relation between nature and artificiality without one dominates the other. In the side of nature, while following it, the artificial = ‘art’ invites something different from the original nature, so that art will be able to change our human nature which aims at the artificially complete order. There are hints of future symbiosis in ruined sites in a city, in junk abandoned in countryside, or in our body shocked at encounter with materials.
EUKARYOTE is an art space which has been established in Jingumae, Tokyo, in 2018. Within the concept of something more than an occurrence of art, there is an ever spinning contemporary coin of tangibility and intangibility, and it is this essence, this universal value held by artworks and artists, which is actively accepted but left behind.