Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of selected drawings by Takehito Koganezawa in the south gallery in conjunction with the presentation of A Hole in my Head, a book dedicated to his drawings.
Koganezawa has become known for his performances turned into multimedia installations, his neon works, his silent videos inspired by an oriental approach to the moving image as well as his drawings. His work with drawing seems to find its roots in surrealism’s automatic writing as well as in the 1980s new figuration in painting. Koganezawa’s drawings are characterized by an unconventional use of space as well as placement of the subject on the frame defined by the paper. More often than not he couples representational elements, such as renderings and sketches of human figures or the animal and vegetable kingdoms, with a variety of abstract motifs and shapes, making a wide use of discrepancies in scale and geometries. Koganezawa is also very much at ease with collage and the creation of peculiar compositions through the combination of unrelated images.
I see the huge empty hole at the edge of life.
It is dark, deep and quiet.
One day I threw something into the hole,
and it slightly gleamed.
It was my first work which was led by curiosity
All of my work might be thrown into the hole
and light it up for a moment.
I fear to fall, but I have to get closer
to the edge to see inside.
It is with these words that Koganezawa introduces his new book entitled A Hole in my Head reproducing part of his extraordinary drawing output from 1997 to 2006. With 140 pages and full color illustrations for 132 drawings this publication provides a new opportunity for an overview of Koganezawa’s focus on that specific medium, following the 2002 Drawings publication.
Koganezawa was born in Tokyo in 1974 where he graduated from Musashino Art University. He has been living in Berlin since 1998 and has exhibited internationally at various institutions such as Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; 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; Project Rooms, ARCO, Madrid, the Mori Art Center, Tokyo and the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin.