Date: 2018.4.27 (Fri.) 18:00 – 19:00
Guest: Junya Yamamine (Curator, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito)
Opening Reception: 2018.4.27 (Fri.) 19:00-21:00
G/P gallery presents TOKYO PHOTOGRAPHIC RESEARCH #01: PHASE TRANS, solo exhibition featuring the latest work by Taisuke Koyama from April 27, 2018 (Fri).
TOKYO PHOTOGRAPHIC RESEARCH (below TPR) is a contemporary photography project initiated by Koyama and Junya Yamamine (curator of Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito). TPR is an endeavor to capture the appearance of Tokyo, heading towards the hosting of the Olympics through researches and works composed via various artists’ perspectives, and aims for the resulting works to be passed on to the post-2020 world.
This exhibition, the first of many TPRs to come, features the latest installation piece by Taisuke Koyama – who returned to Japan at the end of last year after four years of stay in London and Amsterdam – composed of both photography and video works created via his field research of Tokyo.
Throughout the years, the unique qualities of Tokyo has attracted many photographers, who documented the state of its transformation – of each generation and through each individual perspective – by means of various methodologies.
Koyama too, chose Tokyo as the field of his photography, just as he was starting his career as a photographer in the beginning of 2000s, and the resulting photobook, entropix, published in 2008, display Koyama’s attempts to capture vividly, the surface of the city – which he interpreted as an organically modifying phenomenon – through a microscopic point-of-view; this marked the beginning of his venture into the practice of abstract and experimental photography. In 2009, he presented Rainbow Form (2009), a close-up photography work of rainbow colored advertisement posters, and the series Rainbow Variations, which derived five variations until 2016: Melting Rainbows (2010), Rainbow Waves (2013), Seventh Depth (2014), Pico (2015), and the video work Pico – Infinity / Pico – Flash (2016), is widely known as Koyama’s most representative work, demonstrating his pursuit of the possibilities of the essential elements of photography – reproduction, iteration, and the fluidity of the digital image.
Starting with a piece consisted of error images, which result from use of the data recovery software in the restoration process of his purposefully deleted photographs of Tokyo and a piece displaying the perceptual discord arising from contact between the projected image and the surface the image is projected on, in this exhibition, we showcase Koyama’s latest oeuvre, where he set Tokyo as its motif once again. The images, which not only embody the possibilities arising through technological advancements, but also their fallacies and misuse, reveal his consistent research on the constantly renewing history of photography and image making. Please join us in this opportunity to peruse the works.
Period: 2018.5.18 (Fri.) – 2018.6.17 (Sun.)
Venue: Seen Fifteen, London
Open: Friday to Sunday 12:00 – 18:00
Supported by Arts Council Tokyo
Opening Party: 2018.5.18 (Fri.) 18:00 – 21:00
Video Projection for Peckham 24： 2018.5.18 (Fri.) 22:00 – 02:00
“Koyama is part of this prescient generation of artists working with photographic materials and ideas to conflate the imaging possibilities of digital technologies with the experimental spirit of the most vital periods of the medium’s history.” Charlotte Cotton*
Taisuke Koyama can still remember the exact date that he started working with photography, the day he bought his first digital camera on 18th October 2003. For fifteen years he has dedicated his artistic practice to an intense exploration into the evolution of the digital image. We’re delighted to welcome Taisuke Koyama to Seen Fifteen with a solo exhibition, opening as part of Peckham 24 Festival on Friday 18th May 2018.
Koyama trained in Biology and Environmental Sciences in Tokyo, and is a self-taught photographer. Bringing these two influences together into one thought, he has described his creative process as “observing with a microscope”. The seismic event of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 had a profound effect on Koyama’s practice and became a critical catalyst that shifted his focus towards the subject of the unpredictability of imagess:-
“Within the vast disaster area, the boundaries between the city and nature had been shattered right in front of my eyes. I was forced to think about the inevitable limitations of photography and how impossible it is to record all of actual reality”. Taisuke Koyama
For this new exhibition, SENSOR_CODE, Koyama will present abstract photographic works from four recent projects, which employ different experimental strategies using digital sensors. The reactions of light onto the sensors in digital cameras and scanners resolve into unique colours and patterns, which in turn creates Koyama’s own visual language. Releasing abstract photography from its heritage in materiality is an ongoing area of interest for the artist. So too is a paradoxical desire to design installations that become a physical experience. The works at Seen Fifteen will be presented as large inkjet prints that will be suspended from the ceiling in a maze of sculptural images for the viewer to journey around. In our contemporary world, where we are completely saturated by a never-ending stream of digitally transmitted images, the artist’s intention within the gallery space is to invoke a contradictory sensation. By dominating the room with large-scale prints he aims to force us to feel the images as well as look at them.
*Charlotte Cotton, from the essay for the photo-book Rainbow Variations, artbeat publishers, 2015