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Past Exhibition

Line 線


Ayumi Adachi 

12-27 January 2019 



12-27 January 2019

Opening: Saturday 12 January 5-8pm

Hours: Thur to Sun, 1pm- 6pm

Hidden Space is pleased to present

Line 線 , a solo exhibition by Ayumi ADACHI (JP). Line 線 is a performative installation that incorporates a transformation from 2D drawing to 3D installation.

We are repeating the endless cycle of birth, life and death each ksana (setsuna), every 0.013second 

Line as a manner of thinking... 

Adachi's first act is of drawing a simple straight line on paper, the shortest distance between one point and another, in one quick short stroke. This action, repeated thousands of times on thousands of sheets of paper represents the axis of
ksana (setsuna), a moment. In Buddhism, the Sanskrit word ksana is a measure of time (setsuna in Japanese). It is approximately one seventy-fifth of a second, i.e. 0.013s, such a small amount of time that it eludes our conscious awareness. It is believed that the cycle of birth, life and death recurs endlessly within the space of one ksana

The next act is crumpling the paper. This process, halfway to destruction, creates additional irregular points along the drawn lines. This crumpling alludes to the infinitely complicated dealings or circumstances that always happen in the relatively tiny period of a human life circulation. But if there is a moment of spreading that crumpled paper, we might realise that the straight line can be multiply reshaped; that the crumpling is not destructive, but part of a process that ultimately allows a straight line to be reborn as a curve; that we can conceptualise “Anicca” (impermanence), the Buddhist belief that all things, including the self, are impermanent and constantly changing. 


Ayumi ADACHI (JP) was born in Hyogo, Japan and received her BFA from Osaka University of Arts, Japan in 1994. She has been based in Hong Kong since 1996. 

In her practice she engages with motifs that represent the regular and the irregular, the circulation and repetition of time frames as metaphors for influence on human life cycles. She is particularly interested in the Buddhist interpretation of the cycle of reincarnation: birth, death and rebirth. Her body of work ranges from large-scale immersive installations to individual paintings on shaped mirrors. 

Adachi has exhibited widely in Japan as well as Shanghai, Macau, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Her work has been included in numerous international art fairs since 2010 including the Korean International Art Fair (KIAF), Asia Contemporary Art Show (HK) and the Affordable Art Fair (HK). Her artworks have been acquired by a number of public and private collections.

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