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FOSSILS FROM THE FUTURE
FOSSILS FROM THE FUTURE
How will our consumption look when seen from the perspective of people in the future with different values?
The inspiration for this piece started from that simple question. This piece is a sculpture made by sand and the logo mark is in acrylic.The symbol of consumption is detached from the functional material,
and the two elements are crafted from differing materials and given a different sense of time.
The concept is deconstructed and rebuilt from two materials in different times.We have icon preferences, these icons are a part of our lives, and we consume them.
In this sense, the work is like a letter from the future to all of us living in the world right now.
Seitaro Yamazaki attempts to cohabit ”time” as a “bundle of possibilities” through his art. His works present what emerges on the boundaries of various “times.” They provoke a reconsideration of the things we tend to perceive as absolute entities, such as society, materiality, time, desire, and consumption. The textures and symbolism of all the materials used in his works, contain a distinctive flow of time.
Combining various mediums of material in a single work creates multiple “time axes” to exist simultaneously. And when the flow of “time” in these materials coexist in a single work, we learn that every second of “time” in this world has its own story and nature, and whether humans are able to work with it. When multiple “times” appear before us as “bundles of possibilities,” we also see a new “time” coming into play as a larger narrative.These stories are tales of new possibilities buried under the illusion of absoluteness of our society.
ABOUT THE WORKS
“Fossils from the future” is the title of a series of works by Seitaro Yamazaki. The series pursues the characteristics of “symbols” in the consumer society, which have been prevailing since late 20th century until today, through the aspect of “time”.
“Fossils from the future series” consists of a paint-coated sculpture made of casting sand and transparent acrylic resin featuring a cross section in the shape of “Logo”, fragments of the casting sand generated in the sneaker shaping process, and the 3D printing modelling data.
Among the three support components of the work, casting sand and acrylic resin have been respectively and constantly undergoing chemical transformation process through interactions with their surrounding environment in their own time axes. Thus, the combination of timelines of the three support media is always different. That said, the modeling data can produce something “extremely similar” to the acrylic resin part as an replacement.
My biggest challenge is to pursue a timeless universal beauty. I doubt relative values and try to seek the absolute from the relative values. This is a very difficult challenge yet a goal that I will continue to pursue as an artist.
ー Seitaro Yamazaki
WHY HE MADE
As the art director of a design firm, Seitaro Yamazaki faces myriad “symbols” every day.
Some of such “symbols” are extremely localized, while others are acknowledged literally all over the world. As these symbols go around through exchanges and distribution channels among people, they acquire positive or negative connotations as attributions. Some symbols occasionally create massive monetary flow, induce powerful emotions, unite people, or divide population.
The dynamic and performative characteristics of “symbols” in today’s business are not something that can be affirmed or denied in their entirety. However, their powerful presence in the age we live is undeniable, and we have no other choice than to always face them.
Then, if we could glance back upon our age from the distant future, how does our relationship with “icons/symbols” look like? Will it be the same as how we presently see “icons/symbols”? To address this question, this work combines three materials to express “Logo”, one of the epitomes of our age.
This series juxtaposes three support media in different time axes – casting sand, acrylic resin, and digital data – to visualize the multiple flows of time surrounding “Logo”, an “icon/symbol”. The connotations attributed to “Logo” are also undergoing permanent transitions through the flow of information on Internet.
In other words, “icons/symbols” manifest themselves from the numerous crisscrossing flows with a certain order. They do not deliberately arrive from a known origin – rather, they spontaneously emerge in and disappear from the site of consumption where we all belong.
While casting sand is massively in use on a daily basis as the material of industrial products, it never shows itself in our daily consumer life. The material momentarily emerges in random places and then disappears, just like the negative image of today’s consumer society.
Acrylic resin, on the other hand, is renowned among various plastics particularly for its transparency, weathering resistance, and shock resistance, playing conspicuous part in our consumptive life. Finally, digital data is an intangible material, while it functions as the overwhelming driving force of the consumer society. The three media supporting “Fossils from the future series” were selected from three realms of “things” that support our consumer activities.
2006, BA in Sociology, Rikkyo University.
2016, M.F.A in Art, Kyoto University of the Arts.
Artists to Watch ’22, Artconnect
London International Creative Competition Finalist
YICCA 2021 WINNING ARTIST (2nd place)
PREMIO COMBAT PRIZE 2021 RECOMMENDED ARTIST
The winner of 14th Arte Laguna Prize
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