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Paulson Bott Press

Kota Ezawa produces animated videos, slide projections, lightboxes, collages, and prints that recreate images and events from recent history and popular culture. Through a labor-intensive process that involves the production of hundreds of drawings, Ezawa translates charged events, such as the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy, into simplified animations. In The Simpson Verdict (2002), he transforms the verdict in the O.J. Simpson trial into a 3-minute-long cartoon version, playing on notions of image-saturation and the power of these references in the popular imagination. Speaking of the painterly quality of his bold colors and forms, Ezawa has said, “I feel that I’m in the business of making moving paintings more than making videos with a beginning and an end.”

Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2019
Leonard Cohen: A Crack in EverythingThe Jewish Museum
Whitney Biennial 2019Whitney Museum of American Art
2011
Kota Ezawa: City of NatureMadison Square Park
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Riefenstahl, 2006

Color aquatint etching
19 1/2 × 23 in
49.5 × 58.4 cm
Edition of 35
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$1,500
Location
Berkeley
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Medium
Publisher
Paulson Bott Press

Kota Ezawa produces animated videos, slide projections, lightboxes, collages, and prints that recreate images and events from recent history and popular culture. Through a labor-intensive process that involves the production of hundreds of drawings, Ezawa translates charged events, such as the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy, into simplified animations. In The Simpson Verdict (2002), he transforms the verdict in the O.J. Simpson trial into a 3-minute-long cartoon version, playing on notions of image-saturation and the power of these references in the popular imagination. Speaking of the painterly quality of his bold colors and forms, Ezawa has said, “I feel that I’m in the business of making moving paintings more than making videos with a beginning and an end.”

Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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