Christopher Grimes Gallery is please to present, Elemental Frequency, video works by Takehito Koganezawa. We will feature three if Koganezawa’s seminal silent works, Birds, Neon, and Water. Time, a central theme in his work, is exemplified through these three pieces.
"[Koganezawa] processes time through various media and forms, whereby it is the status of the respective medium that defines the way in which time is treated and vice versa… This transcription is fascinating, because Koganezawa seems to have found a means of complementing the ways in which "visual modernism“ has been interpreted until now. While the theory of modern painting perceived the movement of the image area to be a monochrome surface that explicitly excludes the moment of time, Koganezawa’s work point us to this theoretical blind spot of despatialisation. The loss of depth, the flattening of a picture is always a temporal event as well, a process, which Koganezawa exposes by choosing video as his medium to depict it. His work deals with the genesis of diachronistic pictures that are synchronized via time."- Knut Ebeling, in Continental Shift, Ludwigforum Aachen, 2000
We will also present Catcher a site-specific installation in the South Gallery. In the projection, Koganezawa is catching and dropping on the floor unidentifiable creatures flying towards him. Despite the usually obvious concretion of the visual subject, this verbal refusal of classification or theme is intentional in Koganezawa’s work. “I would really like to see nothingness,” he said in an interview with Hans-Ulrich Obrist. “So I am trying to generate meaning from an object.”
Koganezawa was born in Tokyo in 1974 where he graduated from Musashino Art University. He has been living in Berlin since 1999 and has exhibited internationally at various institutions such as Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; Wohnmaschine, Berlin; Haunch of Venison, London; Institute of Visual Art, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany; Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery; Institute for Contemporary Art, London; Internationales Filmfest, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; La Biennale de Montreal, Canada; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Queens Museum, New York and Project Rooms, ARCO, Madrid, Otis’ Ben Maltz Gallery, Los Angeles, as well as artists residencies at the Villa Aurora in Los Angeles and the Kea Island, in Greece. In January 2009 a solo exhibition of his work opened the Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art (MIMOCA), in Marugame, Japan, which featured video, drawings, sculpture, and installations.