Takehito Koganezawa

Japanese , 1974 -

Takehito Koganezawa b. 1974 in Tokyo, Japan, lives and works in Berlin. Through his graphic series Takehito Koganezawa takes us into an absurd world – perhaps the natural, visual progeny of the Japanese artist’s installations and performances. Here time, place, movement and transformation are pinned down to a visual existence on paper, and whilst we recognise traces or elements of the imagery, we are sucked into unknown, abstract and surreal performances or scenarios that challenge us to seek meaning. Additionally his series (which are usually untitled) depict highly spatial environments, where the darkness of the print and the lightness of the paper open a world for us to move around the illuminating forms and their deep abyss of darkness. They are states of mind: "I am trying to generate meaning from an object," Koganezawa explaines in an interview with Hans-Ulrich Obrist. And it really is that simple: we seek meaning in Koganezawa’s works, and especially the artist himself. Many of his works are clearly based in Japanese culture and nature, yet despite their specific context, the connection to history only makes Koganezawa’s visual universe more intimate and insistent as we truly feel the essentials that are at stake.
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