Yasutaka Kojima “Unconscious | New York, Tokyo”

Yuka Tsuruno Gallery

poster for Yasutaka Kojima “Unconscious | New York, Tokyo”
[Image: Yasutaka Kojima "Tokyo" 2013]

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Yasutaka Kojima captures metropolitan structures and textures that appear in the surface layer of cities, and this exhibition features his works of New York and Tokyo, two out of his three-part series of cities. In each of the three series, “New York,” “Tokyo,” and “Berlin,” Kojima photographs from his personal point of view, cityscapes that he has discovered from actually living in them. In particular, “New York” and “Tokyo” consist of works taken over a seven-year period from 2008, while being based in New York and visiting family in Tokyo. Rarely including people, the mass of buildings, roads, signs, and billboards, while artificial and complex, are expressed in monochrome with New York, and in color with Tokyo.

Kojima has said that the significance of the cities only appearing as the surface layer in photographs is that “the unconscious of the city.” For the artist, the act of photographing the surface layer of ever-changing metropolises where human desires overlap, such as New York and Tokyo, is an orientation of memory towards the future by envisioning “the cities’ future as the border between human agency and nature.” At the same time, the profile of an evolving city cut away as a photograph is also an unconscious fragment that does not remain in the memory. Also on view is “Unconscious | Berlin,” a solo exhibition at Akio Nagasawa Gallery Aoyama, featuring photograph works of Berlin, where Kojima is currently based.



from September 07, 2019 to October 05, 2019


Yasutaka Kojima



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