Art Lab AKIBA/TOKYO X SPARAC Exchange Show 2020
Howard Dean Spector & COCU
2019/4/24 ~ 5/4(Mon・Tue Close)15:00 ~ 20:00
Reception Party 4/27 (Sat) 18:00 ~
Special Thanks: Mike Saijo
Curated by  Syuta Mitomo

English follows
2020年に計画している日米交流展のPre企画としてLos Angelesから美術家でありSOUTH PASADENA ARTS COUNCIL(SPARAC)のディレクターのHoward Dean Spectorが来日し、日本人写真家「COCU」との展示をArt Lab AKIBA/ TOKYOの二会場にて同時開催します。
この展示は、Howardが来日中に日本人と関わる様子を、美術家 Mike Saijoがドキュメンタリーにして2020年に繋げるプロジェクトの一部です。
Rainfall of Reality: Howard Dean Spector
芸術家としての歴史を振り返って、Democritusの世界モデルを参考にして、「Rainfall of Reality」という名前の新しい作品を作成しました。
私のプロジェクトであるRainfall of Realityは、夢が機能するような方法で、非連続的で、ランダムで、偶発的な精神エネルギーの衝突で、イメージを結び付けます。変更され、歪められた過去からの写真は雨の中で一緒にぶつかるDemocriteanの滴のようにお互いに触れるでしょう、それらと共に心の中に残り、新しくそして予想外の物語の可能性の両方をもたらします。新しい画像の星座は、鑑賞者にとっても私自身にとっても、非線形の方法で記憶し、私たちの個人的および共同の思い出の本質を偶然に反映する機会を提供します。
虚空(アーカーシャ)とはインド哲学の5大の一つであり、火、水、土、風に次ぐ最後の要素として 宇宙、スペースという意味を持つ。日本語ではKOKUUと発音するが、我々はこれをもじった名を冠している。

Art Lab AKIBA/TOKYO X SPARAC Exchange Show 2020
2019/4/24 ~ 5/4(Mon・Tue Close)15:00 ~ 20:00
Reception Party 4/27 (Sat) 18:00 ~
We are planning a program for Japan-US Exchange Exhibition in 2020. Howard Dean Spector, an artist from Los Angeles and a director of SOUTH PASADENA ARTS COUNCIL (SPARAC), is coming Japan as a pre-exhibition for this program, and exhibit an exhibition with the Japanese photographer "COCU" It will be held at both Art Lab AKIBA / TOKYO. The exhibit is part of a project that will bring documentaries by the artist Mike Saijo to 2020 as his interactions with the Japanese during his staying in Japan.
Rainfall of Reality : Howard Dean Spector
I have been an image-maker for over 40 years, working primarily in analog and digital photography. I have also explored a range of other media – drawings in pastel and watercolor, large-scale acrylic paintings, and room-sized photographic installations. My most recent work has involved an investigation of the image itself – it’s nature as an optical counterpart, if you will, of occurrences laden with personal and cultural meaning.
It is stating the obvious to say that photographic images – both as stand-alones and as parts of larger installations – play a significant role in memory formation, documenting real-life people, objects, and events and shaping the way we understand and remember them. In his book Fragments, the Greek philosopher Democritus likened the world to an enormous rainfall, with events occurring when individual drops accidentally collide.  All physical phenomena, he explained, are random bursts and explosions of matter that our mind artificially condenses to sensory reality.  Photography, capturing the state of things as they are at a given moment, offers us a unique opportunity to reflect upon the nature of reality and the passage of time. It provides a “setting for human experience,” as one writer put it, allowing us to look back at the past and to weave its events into ever new and shifting narratives about the present.
Looking back at my history as an artist, I created a new body of work tentatively entitled Rainfall of Reality in reference to Democritus’ model of the world.
My project, Rainfall of Reality, connects images in ways a dream might function, in non-sequential, random, and contingent collisions of mental energy.  Pictures from the past, altered and distorted, will touch each other like Democritean drops bumping together in a rainfall, carrying with them both an emotional residue and the potential for new and unexpected narratives. The new image constellations provide an opportunity for the viewer and for myself to remember in non-linear ways and to reflect on the chance nature of our personal and communal recollections.
Can the camera obscura observe 「emptiness」? An attempt is made to define solutions with a high degree of abstraction including the opposite concepts (light and dark, yin and yang, life and death, presence and absence, waves and particles) as a function, and lead a solution through a camera. As understood from the theory of relativity "E = MC2" in physics, it is shown that everything is replaced by energy, and all things in reality are not "in sight" themselves, but "emptiness (energy)". Isn't it possible to say that there is something? It is because energy that is invisible to the world is full (is not present) that is "emptiness" but not "nothing", and this is due to the discovery of Higgs boson in quantum mechanics, from the teachings of Buddha, It has been scientifically proven to have a date of more than 2000 years. However, the consciousness of many people is dominated by the bright blue screen of the smartphone rather than solving the unseen "emptiness" function. At this point, I thought it important to have a camera that specializes in taking advantage of the power of photons that have only one mass (the fastest movement in the Higgs sea).

Emptiness (Akasha) is one of the five major Indian philosophy, and it is the last element after fire, water, soil, and wind.
It has the meaning of space and space. It is pronounced KOKUU in Japanese, but we bear the name that defeated it.