New Material is an exhibition of eight acclaimed young artists from Japan engaged in new photographic approaches that combine the highly experimental with the deeply personal. Featured in the exhibition are works by Kenta Cobayashi, Motoyuki Daifu, Fumiko Imano, Yoshi Kametani, Momo Okabe, Hiroshi Takizawa, Naohiro Utagawa, and Daisuke Yokota.
Using a variety of formats, each of these photographers forego conventional photographic presentation in favor of restless experimentation with both subject matter, ranging from the intimately diaristic to the fully abstract, and process, employing nested imagery, tearing and cutting photo paper, digital smudging, chemical corrosion, and generational layering. By altering the materiality and visuality of the photographs, they become unbound from fixed moments in time, their context changed even as initial details remain. Referred to by Naohiro Utagawa as “present texture,” and by Kenta Cobayashi as “signatures,” the resulting images are freed from the concrete and allowed a looser existence in which memory ultimately supersedes reality.
Kenta Cobayashi, Motoyuki Daifu, Fumiko Imano, Yoshi Kametani, Momo Okabe, Hiroshi Takizawa, Naohiro Utagawa, Daisuke Yokota
Exhibition Dates: May 13 – July 2, 2016
Opening: Friday, May 13, 2016 from 6 – 9pm
1275 Minnesota Street, #102
San Francisco, CA 94107