Phase of Nothingness - Water


Steel, lacquer, water

Cylinder (diameter): 120 x 120 cm (47 1/4 x 47 1/4 in.) Rectangular element: 30 x 220 x 160 cm (11 13/16 x 86 5/8 x 63 in.)

Phase of Nothingness–Water comprises two black lacquered steel containers, a cylinder and a cube, installed side by side on the floor. These two totems, with a minimalist appearance, actually challenge their principles through a completely different device: the two geometric shapes are not full but extruded and filled with water, and a simple drop could distort its calm surface.

Nobuo Sekine stresses the continuity of shapes and materials by placing side by side two distinct shapes that, however, contain the same amount of water. This work belongs to the exploration of a “topological scene”, begun by Sekine in 1968 with his sculpture Phase Mother Earth, the work-manifesto of the Tokyo-based Mono-ha movement.

Nobuo Sekine’s installation Phase of Nothingness–Water belongs to the Pinault Collection. The work was first shown at the “Prima Materia” (“Raw Material”) exhibition at the Punta della Dogana.
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