Self Portrait as Someone Else

About Kota Ezawa

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.”

German, b. 1969, Cologne, Germany, based in San Francisco, California

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Gardner Museum Revisited, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica
2014
Panorama, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica
2011
Kota Ezawa: City of Nature, Madison Square Park, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
The Stand-Ins, Haines Gallery, San Francisco