Past Exhibition

Satoru Tamura “A” Machine

28 May - 25 June, 2011

Venue : TSCA Tokyo

  • installation view at TSCA, 2011

  • installation view at TSCA, 2011

  • installation view at TSCA, 2011

  • “Heart Machine”, 2011, H20xW18.5xD10.5 cm, Iron, Stainless and Motor drive unit

  • installation view at TSCA, 2011

TSCA is pleased to announce our current ongoing exhibition by Satoru Tamura, “A” Machine.


     Satoru Tamura, born in 1972 and presently residing in Ibaraki, began exhibiting his works in 1995. His consistent approach to art seems to suggest that he aspired to become an artist from the young age of 23 as part of his mission to reject the meaning and significance attached to worldly things. Early representative works include “Standing bears go back”, in which propeller-powered bears move backwards, and films “Eventually the washing machine will combust” and “Plastic models break into pieces”. In recent years, new exhibits showing his Weight Sculptures series and Point of Contact series have been garnering attention both within Japan and abroad.


     In 2010, Tamura held individual exhibitions at three locations within Tokyo and displayed for the first time his chain machine series at the Kurumaya Museum of Art in Oyama, with a piece that featured rotating chains set in the shape of the characters for “O” and “yama”. In 2011 he exhibited “100 switches for 100 Incandescent lamps” as part of his Point of Contact series at Shinjuku Beams B Gallery. Tamura’s works have been featured in apparel shop galleries as well, highlighting his expanding potential.


     The artist comments that he “creates art based on a theme, the destruction of meaning, aiming for artwork of pure white ideas with no background”. Accordingly, his pieces make us recognize the concept of “What is a machine?” as insignificant by presenting us with mechanical works that take no independent action but rather rotate endlessly, burden-free. The options of science, philosophy and art are returned to their default, or in other instances arrive at a point of serendipitous intuition, and the viewer feels the existence of the machine at the edge of the diverse thoughts that come while gazing absently at these meaningless motions.


     The new series, spanning from A to Z, consists of machines made from chains set in the shape of each letter from the alphabet. A moves along in the shape of A, B in the shape of B, producing no work, just moving in the shape of the letter. They carry along nothing, but simply emit the sound and smell of the oil of the chains attached to an apparatus set on an automatic loop. On display at TSCA are large works “A”, “B”, “Z” and small works in the shape of a star and a heart.


     We invite you to join us for this unique opportunity to view Tamura’s works, usually on display at art museums, set here on a more intimate stage.

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