© 2017 takayuki matsuo

about

statement

My work is the found-object based on the concept of "THE USEFULNESS OF THE USELESSNESS”.(1)

 

In today's world, “usefulness” and “efficient” tend to be criteria for judging things.

This is only valuable in modern social systems.

This raises questions such as: 

Are useless things and wasteful behavior really unnecessary for society?

Is it really correct to be correct by modern standards?

I'm trying to think "what is really important for the human" by paying attention to useless things and wasteful behavior for society .

In my work, I aim to find new meanings and values ​​from things that are useless for modern society.

Rather than picking the material for what I want to make, the material I found gives me what to make.

“Material selection” is the most important process.

In other words, finding the potential of things is most important.

Ideally, my work seems like nothing is done.

So ego and intuition are unnecessary for my work. 

I aim to bring out the potential of the things by eliminating them as much as possible and presenting objects simply. 

​​In concrete method, in order to eliminate ego and intuition, action with a reason is replaced by so-called artistic creation.

In recent years, I am referring to archaeological research such as investigation, cleaning, restoration, preservation and other methods.

For example,

to record because it need to remember.

to clean because it is dirty.

to restore because it is broken.

to arrange because the position is shifted.

to fill because there is a hole, etc.

For me, art is a philosophy.

Philosophy is to question, think and ask about modern values.

I would like to reconfirm what is really important for human and ask it through my work.

 

(1) THE USEFULNESS OF THE USELESSNESS

“Everyone knows the value of what is obviously useful, but Everyone do not know that what seems useless is truly useful in life.”

by Zhuang Zhou. He was an influential Chinese philosopher who lived around the 4th century BC during the Warring States period.

 

私の作品は、「無用の用」というコンセプトに基づいたファウンドオブジェクトです。(1)

 

今日の世界では、「使えるかどうか」および「効果的かどうか」が物事を判断するための基準になる傾向があります。

これは現代社会の人間にとってのみ良いことです。

それは社会システムが異なる場合は疑わしいことです。

これにより、次のような質問が発生します。

役に立たないものや無駄な行動は、本当に社会にとって不要なのだろうか?

現代の基準で正しいことは本当に正しいのか?

社会にとって役に立たないことや無駄な行動を見ることで、社会にとって本当に重要なことを考えたいと思います。

 

私の作品は、現代社会にとって役に立たないものから新しい意味と価値を見つけることを目指しています。

私が見つけたものから可能性を見つけることが最も重要です。

つまり、選択は私の仕事の中で最も重要な部分です。

ですから、エゴと直感は私の作品には不要です。

それらをできる限り排除し、簡単に提示することで、見つけたものの可能性を引き出すことを目指しています。

私の作品は何もされていないように見えることが理想的です。


 

具体的な方法では、自我と直感を排除するために、理由のある行動はいわゆる芸術的創造に置き換えられます。

近年、私は調査、清掃、修復、保存、その他の方法などの考古学研究に言及しています。

例えば、

覚えておく必要があるため、記録する。

汚れているのできれいにする。

破損しているため復元する。

位置がずれているので配置する。

穴などがあるので埋める。

 

私にとって、芸術は哲学です。

哲学は、現代の価値について疑問を持ち、考え、尋ねることです。

社会にとって本当に重要なことを再確認し、作品を通して尋ねたいと思います。




 ※1『無用の用』荘子
「人は皆有用の用を知るも、無用の用を知る莫きなり」
(人はみんな明らかに役立つものの価値は知っているが、無用に見えるものが人生において真に役立つものだとは知らない)

 
biography

Takayuki Matsuo (b. 1980, New York, United States) is a contemporary artist based in New York. 

He takes his inspiration from collecting found objects mainly from the street. His practice is shaped by the concept of “the usefullness of the uselessness” borrowed from ancient Chinese philosophy. Matsuo thinks of the value of things through "natural artifacts" that are being naturalized by losing their original function due to aging and external factors. His goal is to maximize their potential and eliminate ego and subjective action in the creative process as much as possible. His artistic approach is influenced by various sources including iWajiro Kon (” Modern archeology” ) through to Akasegawa Genpei ("Street Observation") and Japanese contemporary art.

Education

2003 Studied, Waseda University Art and Architecture School, Tokyo

2000 Graduated, Musashino Cooking College, Tokyo
He is a self-taught conceptual artist.
He belongs to Art Beasties that is Artist collective group.

Exhibitions

2019 Selected group exhibition, Modest Expressionism #1 Water / Wood / Cloth, New York

2019 Solo exhibition, Project Ephemeral #4 preservation, Residency Unlimited, New York

2019 Solo exhibition, Project Ephemeral #3 restoration, Residency Unlimited, New York

2019 Solo exhibition, Project Ephemeral #2 cleaning, Residency Unlimited, New York

2019 Solo exhibition, Project Ephemeral #1 investigation, Residency Unlimited, New York 

​2018 Selected group exhibition,"Time Difference", Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo 2017 "Gowanus open studio 2017", Bushwick, New York

2016 "Bushwick open studio 2016", Bushwick, New York
2016 Selected group exhibition,"Monster Exhibition 2016", Shibuya Hikarie, Tokyo
2016 Selected group exhibition, "Time Difference", Hyōgo Prefectural Museum of Art, Hyōgo 2015 Solo exhibition, "Greed", Makari, New York
2015 "Bushwick open studio 2015", Bushwick, New York
2014 Selected group exhibition, "DAMBO Art Festival 2014", DAMBO, New York

 

Residencies

2019 Residency Unlimited, New York

Talk

2018 "How to live in NY as artist", "Monster Exhibition 2O18", Shibuya Hikarie, Tokyo

Bibliography

2018 "Time Difference vol.3" (catalog) Art Beasties, {Photographs, Interview, C.V}

2016 "Time Difference vol.2" (catalog) Art Beasties, {Photographs, Interview, C.V}