Monday, January 25, 2010

Taro Shinoda

From our review of Taro Shinoda's "Lunar Reflections" installation at the Gardner Museum:
Tokyo conceptual artist Taro Shinoda invites you to relax on a pair of beanbag chairs set upon a low platform to watch his 45-minute video "Lunar Reflections" at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The shots alternate between cityscape footage of Tokyo, Istanbul, Limerick, and Boston at night and a wall-filling shot of the moon, craters and all, slowly floating by.

The museum reports that during his 2007 residency, Shinoda "was inspired by the moonlight and the sense of calm that reigns in the Gardner Museum courtyard." So he fashioned a meditative experience that, he says, is about "all of us sharing the planet together. I look at the moon, and, a few hours later, you look at it in some different country."
Read the rest here (about halfway down).

Taro Shinoda “Lunar Reflections” Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, Boston, Nov. 9, 2009, to Jan. 31, 2010.

Pictured: Taro Shinoda, "Lunar Reflection Transmission Technique," 2007-2009, sound installation: wooden platform, fabric, loudspeakers, video projection. Photo by Clements/Howcroft, 2009.


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