Jon Sasaki speaks about “A clock set to 24 hours into the future” at Sheridan


Jon Sasaki installing the piece on Nov. 5 2014 at Sheridan College

Jon Sasaki, the artist behind the latest art installation at Sheridan College, held a presentation at today’s faculty meeting discussing background on his piece “A clock set 24 hours into the future“.

This is the third art installment from the Temporary Contemporary initiative, which is meant to bring interesting and challenging art to Sheridan. The first, Endless Kiosk, was created by Derek Sullivan and installed in the Learning Commons in August 2012.

The second installation, Doppelkopf 2013 by Roula Partheniou, was also displayed in the Learning Commons in September 2013.

Sasaki’s piece was chosen almost unanimously and was installed on November 5th at the college. Over 30 artists had applied, but in the end it was Jon’s who got the honour. Sasaki detailed some thought that went into the installation and the honour of working under the Temporary Contemporary’s initiative.

“I always saw it as a way to mold the minds of the future. That is what college and university is all about as far as educating students and I think that was a big part of my idea,” Jon said.

“The Temporary Contemporary was a really interesting call for me and to respond to and it gave me the opportunity to work at a very specific location, a specific audience and for a specific duration and I found the ideation and process behind it to be very stimulating.”

At the conclusion of Jon’s presentation he answered a few questions, and touched on a very interesting fact regarding the piece.

“I actually chose the color green for the digital numbers because it represents ‘Go’ and also represents an eco friendly idea. As a matter of fact the piece is completely eco friendly and uses the same amount of power as, lets say, a desk lamp,” he said.

When asked if the piece represented a dystopian look into the future, he admitted he hadn’t thought about it in that way until recently.

“When I first built the piece that thought never crossed my mind. I actually saw it as more utopic until a recent email I received mentioned the dystopic look of it. Now that I have had some feedback I have become more open to the notion of calling it dystopic, and I am fine with that.”

Here is a brief bio on Jon’s career to date.

Jon Sasaki’s multidisciplinary art practice brings performance, video, object and installation into a framework where expectation and outcome never align, generating a simultaneous sense of pathos and fun. His work employs reason-based approaches reminiscent of conceptual art while investigating romantic subjects; in this juxtaposition, Sasaki creates humorous, self-exhaustive systems caught in cycles of trial and error. In his 2010 work Jack Pine, 8’ Camera Crane, Sasaki attempts to recreate Tom Thomson’s 1916 The Jack Pinepainting with modern cinema infrastructure; this fanciful gesture results in Sasaki struggling to control the crane as the camera repeatedly crashes through nearby foliage. Throughout his performance-for-video works, Sasaki assumes the role of a somewhat naive everyman, performing Sisyphean tasks with a mildly uncomfortable, self-effacing positivism. Sasaki holds a BFA from Mount Allison University and he was an active member of Toronto/Vancouver–based collective Instant Coffee from 2002 to 2007. Sasaki has exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at Galerie Clark, Gallery TPW, the Art Gallery of Ontario and Latitude 53.”

Be sure to check out his incredible piece at the college.

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