Rika Noguchi “At the Bottom of the Sea”

Taka Ishii Gallery Tokyo

poster for Rika Noguchi “At the Bottom of the Sea”
[Image: Rika Noguchi, "At the Bottom of the Sea” (2017) C-print, 90 x 135 cm © Rika Noguchi]

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This exhibition marks Rika Noguchi’s first solo presentation at the gallery and features roughly 12 new works (7 large and 5 small color photographs) taken in Okinawa, where the artist has been residing since returning from Berlin last year.

Known for her photographic works that convey a unique sense of distance from the subject and appear to freshly recapture the given world replete with convention, the gaze Noguchi expresses through her practice is critically described as that of “the stranger’s eyes” at work. Through works such as “Small Miracles” (2014), which depicts the very moment in which a drop of honey is about to fall from a spoon towards the center of the earth, “HIIA•F4” (2002), that captures the site of a rocket rising vertically up towards the sky as if escaping from such earthly forces, and “The Sun” (2005 – 2008), a series that uses a pinhole camera to photograph the sun as one of the stars in our galactic system that emits light towards both the earth we inhabit and the vast expanse of the entire universe, Noguchi serves to remind us of the existence of greater and all-controlling powers at work, like gravity and light within the scenes we observe in the everyday. In the way that Noguchi enlisted her representative work that she photographed on Mount Fuji with the title “A Prime” (1997-) - in reference to prime numbers of which the principle of their emergence remain yet to be explicated - Noguchi’s unique gaze could indeed be said to have been already established from the early stages of her artistic career.

The large format color works that make up ”At the Bottom of the Sea,” Noguchi’s latest series, capture underwater scenes and follow on from her previous series “To Dive” (1995) and “Color of the Planet” (2004). These works shot in the sea of Okinawa capture images of a diver who stands upon the ocean floor while lighting up his dark surroundings, where the rays of the sun do not reach. In the profound depths of the sea that we all know exists an otherworldly realm where the inescapable gravitational forces of the earth appear to have no power. One wonders what Noguchi’s gaze discovers upon entering the sea in this third and latest installment of her underwater works.

[Related Event]
Rika Noguchi x Keiichiro Hirano Talk Event (Daikanyama Fair Talk Session)
Event Date: Sep. 30 (Sat) 14:00-15:30
Venue: Exhibition Room, Daikanyama Hillside Forum
Admission: ¥500 (capacity 40, booking recommended)
*Event in Japanese



from September 09, 2017 to October 07, 2017

Opening Reception on 2017-09-09 from 18:00 to 20:00


Rika Noguchi



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