Takeshi Kagi “Study for Evaporation / Crystallisation”

Gallery Out of Place Nara

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[Image: Takeshi Kagi “Study for Evaporation / Crystallisation - Wilderness #3" (2021) Giclee print on Japanese paper 103x103cm (c) Takeshi KAGI 2021]

Ends in 16 days

After participating in an art event in Nara in 2015, Takeshi Kagi suddenly disappeared from the public eye. After six years of silence, Takeshi Kagi will present new work in two different series.

However, despite his mental health problems and the inability to make contact with others, the artist continued to go out into the woods of the suburbs every day, crawling on the ground until he had used up all the film he had left that day, wandering and pressing the shutter until his soul diffused. Through the process of developing the film and carefully reviewing both the landscapes captured and the “something” that had been unintentionally captured, he found the motivation to resume his art practice and regained his physical and mental health. This series of photographs taken while wandering in the open air has been extracted and crystallised into “Study for Evaporation / Crystallisation - Wilderness”.

The other series, called “Study for Evaporation / Crystallisation - Vessels”, was made entirely indoors, in contrast to the “Wilderness” series, which was shot outdoors.

The portraits of glassware started as a commission from a friend, but as the photographs were taken, a completely different intention and concept arose within the artist. The transparent vessels that exist are beautiful, but light, small, fragile and fleeting, and will eventually disappear. At the same time, the artist realized that they are equivalent to the planet Earth itself, where all living things are now standing.

If one looks closely, one can see that the glass and plastic vessels that were photographed contain a small amount of water or liquid. The water will eventually evaporate and the vessel will be empty. Evaporation, however, can be seen as the process by which substances dissolved in the liquid crystallise and leave traces in the vessel, and perhaps the vessel is reminiscent of the form of the human body or mind and may suggest the transience of the earth’s environment.



from September 03, 2021 to October 10, 2021

Opening Reception on 2021-09-04 from 18:00 to 19:00


Takeshi Kagi


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