Michiko Isono, Pedestrian, 2018
Isono has been using video and photo in order to objectively capture the world around her to turn them into wide range of different type of installations and objects. In 2012, the artist exhibited a video piece shooting an apartment with many futon mattresses hung on their balconies. Following year, taking a video of a busy crossing from above on a rainy day, she explored with a video piece showing stop and flow of colorful umbrellas to be developed also into works made of glass containing photos of umbrellas. The artist invites viewers of the work to turn them into viewers of the world, urging to rediscover new notion of reality which may be too common to be ignored without experiencing the work. This time, the artist has prepared photos of a crowd crossing the street where they meet and depart hundreds of different people daily on the streets without an interest to know each other. The photos will be used as a material for three-dimensional works, which light, not merely in terms that they are photos, plays an important role for viewers to encounter with the work.
Even so, I still have a room to consider whether it was merely a coincidence that material of Isono’s work, slits of photos and those of Takenaka are having a sort of similarity. We know that films are almost about to extinguished in this age of data. Through these two solo shows, we may develop further of our reflections upon materiality of photos and films.
Toshio Kondo、Art Front Gallery