At Art Stage Singapore 2015, MA2Gallery (Tokyo) presented a solo show with works by Ken Matsubara. Coming from photography, the artist creates mixed-media works and installations that combine videos and objects. Thematically his works revolve around repetition and memory. Matsubara states: “My works attempt to explore the possibility of melting memories that reside deep within one's consciousness. These works are composed of recollective photographs and videos that consist antique objects embodied with memories. I believe motion images have the ability to call forth and express the fluctuating manner of recollective properties. Recollections, I presume, are genetically inherent in our DNA which contain vast knowledge from the past since antiquity. Furthermore these share a collective memory that extends beyond individual self and interpenetrates between the past and the present era. If we can recollect such memories, then I believe there is a potential for our future to ascend past the boundaries of cultural, historical, and social notions of individuality. Thus we are fluctuating between the past and the future in a state of repetition, ceaselessly inquiring its means without an end.”
Ken Matsubara at MA2Gallery (Tokyo) at Art Stage Singapore 2015. January 22, 2015.