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The 19th Sabro Ota: Existence and Everyday

June 10, 2000 - September 17, 2000

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At one point, everyone needs to affirm that, "I am present, here, now." Since ancient times there have been countless philosophical and artistic discussions exploring the question of "My own existence." This question is even more compelling today, as our sense of existence risks being lost in the information overload characteristic of today's world.
Saburo Ota searches for evidence of the existence of "I am present, here, now" in everyday life. He goes about recording, in a matter-of-fact way, the "Time" and "Place" which he lived. He does this by setting himself small daily tasks such as going to the post office and having stamps postmarked, or by gathering seeds from flowering plants. These activities are by no means heroic but mundane to an almost uninteresting degree. However his work teaches us that it is precisely within these very personal daily routines without exertion that lies the universal nature of our existence.
This exhibition introduces the works of Saburo Ota, who is known as a "stamp artist," from the point of view of "Existence and Everyday." On show are over 200 works including the "Date Stamps" series, the artist's lifework.