POST BODY / NATURE
TAISUKE KOYAMA + TAKASHI KAWASHIMA
Opening Reception: 2017.6.10 (Sat.) 15:00 – 17:00
Period: 2017.6.10 (Sat.) – 8.19 (Sat.)
Venue: LhGWR, The Hague
Open: Wed. – Sat. 12:00 – 17:00
Closed from 27th July – 5th August
Organized by LhGWR
Cooperated by Hester Keijser (Stead Bureau), Sawako Fukai (G/P gallery)
Supported by Arts Council Tokyo, Stroom Den Haag
Special Thanks: Kohei Nawa | Damien Jalet, Tomoko Mukaiyama, G/P gallery
Press Release by LhGWR:
You are cordially invited for the opening of our summer exhibition POST BODY / NATURE, for which Japanese artists Taisuke Koyama and Takashi Kawashima entered into a one time artistic partnership. In their individual photographic and video practices, both explore the role of nature in our (post-digital) era. Now, in their inimitable way, they have created an exhibition that belies their understated demeanour; be prepared for an excessive fireworks brought to combustion with scientific rigor. Arriving at their respective work guided by completely different urgencies, their joining of forces has generated a particularly exciting visual dialogue between ratio and emotion.
Koyama (1978, Tokyo) approaches the medium of photography in line with his studies in Biology and Environmental Sciences. He investigates the relationship between organic processes and phenomena, and the manmade objects that facilitate their visual capture. Although photography has become predominantly digitalised, his own research brought him to a field where the most important players are the physical processes that photography requires for its existence on the one hand, and the physical objects that we need for the reproduction of the resulting images on the other. Sometimes, these players form a team, and sometimes they find themselves placed as opponents. This field of play Koyama games by manipulating the rational connections between process and object, by tinkering with the physical objects themselves, and through wilful impairment of the algorithmic base rules, in order to arrive at his manipulated images. In recent years, Koyama has been investigating the expressive power of devices that generate data input, such as hand scanners and digital microscopes, focussing in particular on the plurality and fluidity of the data generated, recording the results in his latest works.
Starting from a similar fascination for nature and its processes, Kawashima (1985) translates his experience of nature in a fundamentally different manner. He grew up in the region in Japan where life came to a halt after the 2011 submarine earthquake. In the Netherlands we have come to know this incident of natural violence as the tsunami that destroyed Fukushima. We can all remember the disastrous images of the first days after the impact. Alarming reports of total destruction were accompanied in our media by mentions of the potentially terrifying consequences for our ‘ecosystem’. By creating a fictional visual narrative, Kawashima speaks about natural violence of similar magnitudes to initiate the conversation about the event itself. It needs no saying that such events inevitably make us stare the fragility of our bare existence in the face, but it remains one of the great mysteries of mankind how we manage to process this on an emotional level, or how it is possible to reach a catharis. Can the human brain defy the forces of nature? These concerns Kawashima puts central in his work.
POST BODY / NATURE
TAISUKE KOYAMA + TAKASHI KAWASHIMA
A reading, a picking into Metronom recent history that has presented through the years of activity, exhibitions, works and original set-up mostly by emergent artists.
Into an ideal connection wih Generazione critica project, started in 2013, Carrer, Giusti and Paleari were asked to explore the archive of Metronom realized exhibitions and collaborations, as a starting point for the construction of dialogues, ideal bridges between artists and works.
作家：Fabrizio Bellomo, Christto&Andrew, Martina della Valle, Annabel Elgar, Sanna Kannisto, Taisuke Koyama, Alberto Sinigaglia, The Cool Couple (Niccolò Benetton, Simone Santilli)
キュレーター：Alessandro Carrer, Sergio Giusti，Paola Paleari
Period: 2017.01.06 (Fri.) – 2017.02.26 (Sun.)
Open: 12:00 – 20:00 *Closed on Monday
Venue: G/P gallery (Ebisu, Tokyo)
Address: NADiff A/P/A/R/T 2F, 1-18-4 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0013
Organized by G/P gallery
Supported by SONY Corporation, Semitransparent Design™
Talk Event: 2017.01.06 (Fri.) 16:00-
Moderator: Sawako Fukai (G/P gallery Director)
Guest: Masahito Mizuno (Lecturer, Department of Creative Media Studies, Konan Women’s University), Arina Tsukada (Editor/Curator)
Opening Reception: 2017.01.06 (Fri.) 18:00-
G/P gallery is pleased to announce Taisuke Koyama’s solo exhibition “Generated X” from January 6th 2017.
This exhibition will present an updated version of the installation belonging to the photography and video series “PICO” that was shown in Koyama’s well received exhibition “Generated Images”, held at the Daiwa Foundation Japan House Gallery on April 2016 in London. In recent years, Koyama’s work has focused on the ‘experience the images’ and it is for this exhibition that an installation exploring the viewer’s physical interaction with images has been developed. This exhibition will also exhibit the work “VESSEL- XYZXY”, which was previously exhibited at the “Aichi Triennial 2016: Trans Dimension” and was created in collaboration with Japanese sculptor Kohei Nawa, as well as the work “Light Field” which explores the possibilities for photography in the post-digital era.
From 2014 to 2016, Koyama lived and worked in London, England via the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists sponsored by the Agency of Cultural Affairs. Currently he lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Since moving to Europe, Koyama has had solo exhibitions in Zurich and London; and has participated in group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and Milan. In 2015, Koyama was invited to participate in “PLAT(T)FORM 2015” organised by Fotomuseum Winterhur, Switzerland. In addition, the photo book “Rainbow Variations” (2015) was
created in collaboration with Swiss designers duo MAXIMAGE, was published by Artbeat Publishers, and the Swiss publishing house Kodoji Press. In 2016, Koyama participated in “Japan Media Arts Festival in Aomori” (Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori, JP, 2016); “Aichi Triennial 2016: Trans Dimension” (Okazaki Cibico, Higashi Okazaki, JP, 2016) and collaborated with CAMPER to create a collection of limited edition products. Koyama is currently working on projects for the near future.
With a background in biology and natural environmental studies, Koyama’s work explores the possibilities of image making in the post digital-era. Please take this opportunity to discover Taisuke Koyama’s work.