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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.

Please join us for 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 will undertake 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.

Rule of "ephemeral"
1."Ephemeral" is a one-day exhibition held each month.
2. This project is referring to archaeological methods such as investigation, cleaning, restoration and preservation.
3.This project will use a place that not used as general exhibition such as abandoned place, roadside and so on.
4.However, last exhibition will be shown in my studio space, I will exhibit things that are not usually exhibited such as packaged artwork, state of
preservation and so on.
5.Each exhibition will be held in a specific area.
6.I will exhibit the objects that I found in the area.
7.I will exhibit the objects at the same place where I found them.

Schedule
Exhibition 1 [ - Investigation - ] 30th June, 2019

Exhibition 2 [ - Cleaning - ] end of July, 2019
Exhibition 3 [ - Restoration - ] end of August, 2019

Exhibition 4 [ - Preservation - ] end of September, 2019

* After finishing all exhibitions, an archive will be issued.