Naoya Hatakeyama "Tracing Lines / Yamate-Dori"

Taka Ishii Gallery

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Taka Ishii Gallery is pleased to announce our forthcoming solo exhibition with Naoya Hatakeyama, “Tracing Lines / Yamate-Dori”. The series of works presented in this exhibition are comprised of photographs taken by Hatakeyama between 2008 and 2010 of Yamate-Dori, which runs north-south through Tokyo for 10km, from the Ohashi intersection to the Kumano-cho intersection.

Hatakeyama refers to the same title "Tracing Lines" in his text for the catalogue published in conjunction with his solo exhibition "Draftsman's Pencil" (The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, 2007). In this text, he alludes to the notion that everything which exists within the metropolis is constructed upon the basis of some form of human resolve – even the most insignificant of fragments have been determined by human hands- and questions the possibilities of responding and living within such a context.

Beneath Yamate-Dori runs the Yamate tunnel, an expressway newly opened to traffic this March. Throughout the duration of Hatakeyama's study, construction work constantly took place on the ground, allowing the landscape to literally transform itself continuously on a daily basis. The lines drawn by human hands shape the metropolis - akin to nature in which there exists a metamorphic flux of form and color. Within the series of work presented in "Tracing Lines / Yamate-Dori," the lines, surfaces, and colors drawn within the metropolis differ from those conditions we perceive daily, and appear to pierce the heart of the great unknown which is the metropolis - an intense questioning of the boundary between the metropolis and nature.

We will also present in the second half of the gallery space “Slow Glass / Tokyo”, a body of work which has been well received since its first release at G-tokyo last January. The series will also be on display at the Poznan Biennale from 4 September to 31 October, 2010.

[Image: Naoya Hatakeyama “Tracing Lines / Yamate-Dori #0909” (2008) Theta print, mounted on aluminum 54 x 49cm Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery]

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From 2010-07-17 To 2010-08-14

Opening Reception on 2010-07-17 from 18:00 to 20:00

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kico16: (2010-08-15)

雨粒に抱きしめられた、東京タワー。人も車もいない、静かな街並。—目の前の景色が、そしてそれを閉じ込めたような写真が、愛おしくなりました。

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