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Yu HARA:Priming Water
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Published: March 28 2009

"Swallow Fish" (2009); 1455×1121mm, oil on canvas copy right(c) Yu HARA / Courtesy of NODA CONTEMPORARY


With a panoramic view, the world consists of layers with varying meanings that repeatedly get overlapped and separated. Vapour warmed in the sea surface goes up to turn cloud; various things are piled up to form strata. With a closer view, in turn, “I” am comprised of what I saw and heard in the past, and the sceneries currently around “me”. I think about something and I forget it. We always see something and think about something, we hear something and remember something. I think this is the way “I” am.

In my latest work, images scattered on canvas form an image of a child just for a minute, but it is lost in the next moment. When the child appearing on canvas is seen form a distance, it becomes the imagery of a child, small and seemingly fixed, and it may form a part of something else, bigger and shaped differently. At the same time as “I” am in the world, the world is in “me”. If “I” am made up of imageries which keep reflecting what I saw and heard in the past and the sceneries around me now, and from which they disappear, it can be supposed there is a well in “me” that mirrors a lot of things. The well reflects both past and present. What is seen on its surface shows up in many places in many ways, gradually changing its colours and shapes. Provided a well is in “me”, there must be one in the outside world. When I am faced with something, the well in me is faced with the well in that something. The two wells mirror each other, infinitely reflecting with swaying. If that is a constant basis of me, my search for something in that eternal reflection means endlessly circling in spirals, travelling behind the imageries that inflect and reflect over and over.


*The text was provided by NODA CONTEMPORARY.


Last Updated on April 15 2009

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