The “Crossing” is a study in print, video and music, of commuters in Central Tokyo. Collaborator Phil Reeve provides a unique piano-based score.

In excess of ten million commuters pass through Shinjuku and Shibuya districts daily. Glass and concrete sky-scrapers, neon lights, giant TV screens, buzzing traffic and the constant movement of people epitomize Japan for many people.

However “The Crossing” is a broader reflection on modern life, not just in Japan, but in urban centres worldwide, from a physical and psycholgical perspective; constant rush versus our internal melancholy. Feelings heightened by the pandemic.

Above: A 50 second clip from “The crossing” audio-visual installation. Created entierly from photographic stills. (“The Crossing” – 3min 50s – 4 k video with unique piano-based accompaniament “Cadence” by Phil Reeve. ©Richard Jones ©Phil Reeve)

“The Crossing” is poignant today as the daily commute into urban centres, has become infrequent , as city centres hollow-out in response to Covid-19.

The Crossing, video and 4 x prints, (below) were exhibited at the Pie Factory Margate, 28.08.20 – 31.08.20.

ABOVE: Title: “Crossing #4”
Materiel: Archival print on cotton paper. Signed on front and back. Black-wooden frame.
Size: 55 x 55 cm (80 x 80 cm framed)
Limited Edition : 10 + 1 artist copy, certificate of authenticity
ABOVE: Title: “Crossing #2”
Materiel: Archival print on cotton paper. Signed on front and back. Black-wooden frame.
Size: 55 x 55 cm (80 x 80 cm framed)
Limited Edition : 6 + 1 artist copy, certificate of authenticity
ABOVE: Title: “Crossing #3”
Materiel: Archival print on cotton paper. Signed on front and back. Black-wooden frame.
Size: 55 x 55 cm (80 x 80 cm framed)
Limited Edition : 6 + 1 artist copy, certificate of authenticity
ABOVE: Title: “Crossing #1”
Materiel: Archival print on cotton paper. Signed on front and back. Black-wooden frame.
Size: 55 x 55 cm (80 x 80 cm framed)
Limited Edition : 10 + 1 artist copy, certificate of authenticity

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