Installation view of Travelers: Stepping into the Unknown, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, 2018, courtesy of The National Museum of Art, Osaka, photo: Kazuo Fukunaga
Time Memory, 2010 - Ongoing
The works in Time Memory are made from unsolicited direct mail pamphlets, letters, and packaging that arrive daily at Ohtake’s home via the postal service. For Ohtake, each fragment of this mass of printed matter circulating the globe represents a different materialization of time, produced in different places at different periods. Arranging these fragments of time into densely woven compositions—on top of which he adds drawings in pen and coats of varnish—Ohtake creates archaeological timescapes from which the “memory of time” can be uncovered.