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Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima has a new solo show at New York’s Lisson Gallery. Known for his digital-focused installations, this new exhibition, “Innumerable Life/Buddha,” recreates the concepts of life and death using thousands of LED displays.
Across five works and at different speeds, miniature LED numbers count down from nine to one. At zero, the LED display goes momentarily dark to represent death, before resetting and starting all over again.
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Tatsuo Miyajima – Innumerable Life / Buddha – Opens Tonight, 10 January from 6-8pm at Lisson Gallery, 138 Tenth Avenue, New York. The series of glowing red installations are inspired by a particular Buddhist teaching, reminding us of the power of the individual within a networked whole. The exhibition will be on view through February 16, 2019. Numbers are at the heart of Miyajima’s practice. An international language, digits transcend cultures: “Whether applied to mathematics and physics, or language and daily activity, they play a central role in our lives and are understood by all” (Miyajima, 2015). Miyajima’s numbers have danced on walls, in water, on the façades of buildings, in forests and in ponds, on skyscrapers, in gardens and courtyards, and on the faces and bodies of men and women. To Miyajima, technology is an instrument, and perhaps even an organism, that allows the expression of poetry and spirituality through light and movement. Image: Tatsuo Miyajima – Innumerable Life Buddha, Installation view at Lisson Gallery, New York. January 11 – February 16, 2019. © Tatsuo Miyajima #TatsuoMiyajima #LissonGallery @tatsuomiyajimastudio
Taking inspiration from Buddism, the work is a reminder of the human life cycle. Viewers are bathed in a warm red light, which according to Miyajima denotes “the blood of life, love, fire, passion, strength, and joy.”
“Innumerable Life/Buddha” is on now and runs until February 16. For more information, go to Lisson Gallery.
138 Tenth Avenue
New York 10011