Hiroshi Nakao’s Black Maria


“With its curving walls, it suggests varying degrees of thickness. When closed, it forms a dark and deep hollow. When slowly opening, the hollow splits and a broad hole is produced. When the split reaches its full extent, nonetheless, the hole again disappears and the original hollow folds back on itself, like a glove turned inside out. Now it looks like a thinly shaved flake. A folding screen. Not the conventional folding screen that distributes space, but one that sucks space inward, or rather, inspires space and expires it. A mouth, in other words, and if so, can the body in it be reduced to a resonant voice or a quivering breath?” Hiroshi Nakao, 1998


(selected by E-K.M.)

Hiroshi Nakao’s Black Maria

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