Takehito Koganezawa – On / Off
February 28 – April 09, 2009
Loock Galerie is pleased to present new works by Takehito Koganezawa at Halle am Wasser. On February 13, the exhibition 'Polyrhythm' opened at BDI Kunstfenster, Breite Strasse 29, Berlin, and will be on view until December 2009.
Koganezawa works with video, drawing, installation, and performance, treating each as an equal means of expression. All his works share a poetic approach to everyday occurrences and observation, an engagement with the issues of time and the void as well as an underlying musicality.
In his drawings, Takehito Koganezawa creates relationships between objects from his everyday world of experience and abstract or fictive ones. While they show in part familiar content, they seem to emerge in the realm of a dream world due to their positioning.
The juxtaposition of ordinary objects, abstract motives and figurative forms, seeming to lead an absurd dialog, creates a subtle suspense. Koganezawa's idea of space and time is orientated towards diverse rhythms, movements and drifts of people, objects and ordinary acts. They shift in layers or appear unsynchronized. Even if they exist independently, they form a whole and are related to each other despite or due to their imaginary void. The drawings are gathered in work groups like ‘forgetting WORDS’, ‘forgetting SELF’, or ‘Superficial Blackhole’. 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 wipe out the meaning of an object.”
Last year, Takehito Koganezawa held a fellowship at Villa Aurora in Los Angeles. His works have been presented at Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, Otis’ Ben Matz Gallery, Los Angeles, and at the exhibition "Out of the Ordinary: New Video Art from Japan" at MOCA Los Angeles, and at Museu de Art Moderna in Sao Paulo. After a fellowship at the Artist Residence Program of Kea Island, Greece, his installation could be seen in Qbox, Athens. He also showed an extensive video exhibition "Between This and That" in November 2008 at Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Japan, and a catalog was published to accompany this exhibition.
On January 18, 2009, a solo exhibition of his work opened at Japan’s MIMOCA, the catalog will be available in March 2009. Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich will show a further exhibition of his work in September 2009.