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WATANABE YOHEI

Under the Photograph

Under the Photograph

Below the eyes, a coat of fur on a plot of land made of leaning plants. A brown cover laid on a vacant lot of soil and gray stones to hold it in place. Flowers the color of lipstick planted in a circular arrangement. A concrete cliff catching the gold-colored afternoon sun. Faded red and green intertwining roofs and a gray street, lined with trees. Pet bottles set in front of the house next to soil and flowerpots.

Under the Photograph comprises multiple landscape photographs taken with a medium format camera and scanned images. There is no distinction between the top and bottom for a camera (a photograph). According to Watanabe, the possibility “to look down” from all sides of a photograph was taken into account to create the series. This idea is accentuated via the insertion of scanned images of plastic beads and trapezoid-shaped papers among the photographs as a play with perspective. The scenery of Tokyo, photographed in the afternoon sun to signify a relationship with the sun, calls to mind a dissimilated portrait of a city taken in outer space.

WATANABE YOHEI

Born in Fukushima, in 1990. Graduated from the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. He is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at the same school. Watanabe works with optical mechanisms, physicality, and poetic imagination to present his works using the mediums of installation, video, and photography. Major solo exhibitions include Giant Chorus (HAGIWARA PROJECTS, 2019), Texture of Cat, Clouds Reversed in Retina (komagome SOKO, 2017), and major group exhibitions include 4 boxes and pyramids (4649, 2018) and THE EXPOSED#9 passing pictures (G/P gallery SHINONOME, 2015).

Co-curated by Iioka Riku

© Yohei Watanabe

2020/09/30
04:41:35 JST

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