Masayuki Shioda “Retinagazer”

Taka Ishii Gallery Photography/Film

poster for Masayuki Shioda “Retinagazer”
[Image: Masayuki Shioda "Retinagazer" 2020年、Xerox © Masayuki Shioda]

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The title of the exhibition and self-portrait image “Retinagazer” is a neologism Shioda made suggesting a person who gazes at one’s own retina and originating in the artist’s vision of an inwardly directed artistic pursuit. Since the start of his career, Shioda has continually investigated the essence of photography with conceptual and methodological uniqueness to generate coherent photographic expression.

This exhibition draws primarily from Shioda’s 2004 series “Dogohair,” in which the artist contemplated the relations of images through snapshots—some of which were enlarged in a photocopier—collected over a four-year period. It also includes pieces from multiple bodies of work ranging from his earliest series “Npeaker” (2000), which comprised snapshots of friends, music performances, and cats; the long-term series “Nali” (2001-2013), which treats abstract photography as music, and the epic three-part “Daily Bleach” (2001-2019) representing past, present, and future through the Japanese concepts of ke (quotidian) and hare (extraordinary); and many other experimental works as well as recent portraits. These varied works, shown chronologically, articulate a refined sensibility and reflect the artist’s deep engagement with the world. The exhibit will feature approximately 110 works selected from a massive body of work made over 24 years.



from August 28, 2020 to September 26, 2020
Exhibition Hours 12:00-18:00, By appointment only. (Please visit official website for the details.)


Masayuki Shioda



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