In Japanese, mono and koto are said to be essential concepts that shape thought. Mono is defined as “an object that occupies space or a form perceptible by human senses,” and koto refers to “an abstract object of thought, consciousness, phenomena, action, or character.” Written and spoken words connect mono and koto, assign meaning, and create a network establishing interrelation. It could also be said that these two words are the basis for producing works of art.
This exhibition introduces works focusing on the relationship between images, the written word, and the spoken word. Some of these artists endeavor to disassociate meaning from the form of the written word, some experiment by layering words in their works, while others attempt to shift meaning from the shape of Chinese characters.
The artists featured in the exhibition are Tomoaki Ishihara, Shigeru Onishi, Katsumi Omori, Ryo Orikasa, Yasue Kodama, Hitoshi Nakazato, Kimiyo Mishima, and Mission Invisible.