Investigation
​Cleaning

Exhibition dates: Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Hours: 4 - 7 pm

Location: Gowanus, Under the Gowanus Expressway 

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* This exhibition will be held outdoor.

CLEANING – Project Ephemeral, the second of four monthly interventions led by the RU artist Takayuki Matsuo in outdoor spaces.  

What is considered beautiful or dirty depends on individual subjectivity and on Wednesday, July 31, Matsuo undertakes deliberate actions of  "cleaning" that examine those very notions. Whether peeling paint from a discarded bicycle frame or sweeping up dirt from the abandoned site, each action he chooses will be ruled by this question: "What can we see by returning something to its original state?".

 #2, CLEANING is part of  Project Ephemeral, a series of four one-day exhibitions held between June and September 2019 in non-white cube locations such as abandoned buildings, streets of New York, roadsides and vacant lots. Following a set of self-assigned rules, Matsuo investigates, cleans, restores, preserves, and archives "the modest thing that is already in there". Matsuo does not claim these actions as artistic ones but as every day gestures that viewers who happen to be on the spot will interpret as a mirage or a total solar eclipse.

© 2017 takayuki matsuo