Akira Komoto: seeing

Akira Komoto, seeing 90-10, 1990, chromogenic print, 47.2 x 70.8 cm. Collection of the Maclaren Art Centre, Gift of the artist, 1996. Photo: Andre Beneteau
July 14, 2018 - October 28, 2018

Akira Komoto
seeing

The Carnegie Room
July 14 to October 28, 2018
Curator: Emily McKibbon

seeing brings together photographs from the MacLaren’s Permanent Collection by senior Japanese artist Akira Komoto. In this series, hand-painted rustic constructions introduced into pristine natural settings simultaneously obscure and reveal the horizon behind them. Komoto is interested in the way that photography elides parts of the colour scale and condenses perspective. His ephemeral interventions in the landscape oscillate in and out of focus when captured through the lens of a camera. While inspired in part by the Japanese tradition of ukiyo-e or “pictures of the floating landscape,” Komoto’s use of everyday materials, chronological titles, and anti-naturalist imagery reflects his immersion in the Japanese avant-garde that emerged out of World War II.

Komoto was born in Japan in 1935, trained in painting, and began his career as a performance artist; seeing was his first foray into photography and the most enduring project of his career. His work has been shown in numerous venues in Japan and internationally, including the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; The Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and was the subject of a major touring exhibition organized by the MacLaren Art Centre in 1994. Komoto taught for many years at the Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo and lived in Kyoto, where he passed away in 2017.

 

Image caption: Akira Komoto, seeing 90-10, 1990, chromogenic print, 47.2 x 70.8 cm. Collection of the Maclaren Art Centre, Gift of the artist, 1996. Photo: Andre Beneteau 

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