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Hiraki Sawa, Lenticular, 2013, mixed-media assemblage with color video and sound (by Bun), 8 minutes 30 seconds.

Hiraki Sawa

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery

Hiraki Sawa, Lenticular, 2013, mixed-media assemblage with color video and sound (by Bun), 8 minutes 30 seconds.

Hiraki Sawa’s semiretrospective “Under the Box, Beyond the Bounds” featured twenty video works, ranging from his signature piece Dwelling, 2002, in which toy-size passenger planes take off and land elegantly inside a gray East London flat, to new installations that expand into spatial dimensions. Also, along the corridor leading into the darkened exhibition area, miniature plaster sculptures from 2013–14—casts of an ammonite, a metronome, and a broken teacup, for instance—and drawings for the design of the exhibition itself, also 2013–14, offered clues as to what to expect.

Lineament, 2012, is a two-channel video based on an episode from the life of a friend who lost his memory after waking up from a short nap. Sawa’s recurrent themes of time, memory, and nostalgia culminate in this piece as it unfolds as a meditation on amnesia, expressed poetically with, among other

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