Takashi Yasumura + Satoru Eguchi "Things in a Place"
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Misako & Rosen is pleased to announce Things in a Place, the fifth exhibition to be presented as part of our two-person exhibition series. Previous two-person exhibitions include Mie Morimoto and Ayako Mogi, Will Rogan and Yuki Okumura, Maya Hewitt and Kazuyuki Takezaki (all 2007) as well as Chaguin (Pierre and Henri Chaguin, 2008). Things in a Place includes the work of Tokyo based photographer Takashi Yasumura and New York based artist Satoru Eguchi.
Takashi Yasumura's work has been widely exhibited within Japan and internationally in a selection of exhibitions including Photo Espana, Madrid (2006), the Parco Museum, Tokyo (2005) and the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2004).
Takashi Yasumura's photographs are objects - this, of course, is true of any photograph; however, these particular photographs function as two-way mirrors, reflecting both themselves and the world which they themselves occupy. This, also, is to a certain extent true of any photograph but the reductive nature of Yasumura's vision serves to heighten a sense of placement both within and outside of the image. The works on view in the present exhibition focus on literal abstractions present within the everyday; colors and shapes repeat and the pictured objects form and function, but this very fact leaves a gap; what place does the photographic image have within such a world? This void is filled by the presence of photograph itself; both record and object placed within the space.
In this exhibition, Yasumura will present a series of landscapes and exteriors. The literal expansion of space present in this recent body of work represents a development in the artist's practice.
Satoru Eguchi, a graduate (MFA) from the School of Visual Arts, New York, recently participated in Making a Home exhibition curated by Eric Shiner and presented by the Japan Society in New York from 2007 through 2008.
Satoru Eguchi displaces drawing by re-presenting pictorial images within sculptural space. Rather than working on paper, Eguchi treats paper as an object to create objects. Sculptures of pictorial space assert a non-presence that is all the more tangible when one considers the possibility that he/she may hold the object in hand; feeling its weight and shape and yet failing to grasp the actual rather than represented. In contrast to sculpture which evokes place, Eguchi's work favors traces and though his aper constructions are always created to scale, this fact again only serves to dis or re orient the viewer. Eguchi will introduce a selection of works created with both a specific space of the gallery in mind as well as the context of Yasumura's photographic practice.
Things in a Place further pursues the gallery's exploration of literal abstraction; the dialogue within and between the photographs of Takashi Yasumura and the genre-blurring objects of Satoru Eguchi serving to both complicate and clarify matters. In the gallery, just like works on display, the visitor is no more and no less than one of the elements that make up the whole space.