"Miyajima, one of Japan’s foremost artists, has been producing conceptual pieces that are at heart technological: the numbers 1–9, twitching or flashing on interconnected LED counters, are the lexicon that he employs to speak on subjects as vast as time, holocaust and eternity.
‘0’ never appears in his work, for that number represents finality, or death, and his art – in accord with the key Buddhist tenets that are vital to it – is about life’s continuum of change.”
“Curfew provokes the loss of a larger space to fleeting apparitions of darkness and memory.
Simply, the work is the ghosting of a darkened window, made of the strange and violent spatial lines embedded with candlewicks burnt away and trailing smoke true to the term curfew (rooted in the French term, literally to cover the fire).
Fleeting and vanishing (both physically and in memory), the line work is a dance between the fewest lines that can be trusted, and the imagination projected onto a darkened reality.
Its implications and threat of vanishing is the unknown reality, one that seems familiar, though always unfamiliar. Curfew remains something that is there among us, but anxious, fleeting, and aggressive, though even frightened in and of its own being.”