Japanese sculptor Ken Matsubara sets personal and collective memories in motion by incorporating photographs and video of antique objects into his sculptures. While the majority of his work awakens the past, some recent pieces explore Buddhism. In Paper in the Wind, a piece of paper sways in the air without ever floating away or falling to the ground. In Buddhism, the concept of dependent origination suggests that nothing exists in isolation. According to the artist, “the paper is shaken by the wind, and we can see the wind because of the paper.” Matsubara employs other illusionistic techniques in the series Round Chair, where peering inside a glass of water transports viewers to another time.
Ken Matsubara. Photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.