ISOYA Hirofumi Works
“It is the fate of the medium of photographs to be able to depict only the past. By putting photos into frames as objects, I make them exist as a sort of sculpture within actual space,” says Isoya. For this exhibition, he is displaying two works that are bound up with photography.
For 5 Impressions, Isoya applied coloring to two types of sepia posters in Japanese and English. The posters have notations of the time and place, and these reflect the details of a large-scale event that was originally scheduled. On the palm of the hand in the photo are five marks that apparently symbolize the event. These marks were left by pressing coins from five “strong countries” on the palm. The paint applied to the surface extracts the color of the blood congestion originally left on the palm. Perhaps this also dovetails with the prevailing situation in today's world, in which the focus is entirely on economic effects and people are voicing anger and doubts. The varnished photos and letters are printed but nevertheless have a strong materiality. In addition, a nowness is emphasized by the overlaid stripe of pigment.
Lag 10 consists of two framed photos placed on a shelf. A close inspection reveals that the frames in the photo that seem to be in the process of falling are the ones right before the eyes of the viewer. Although photos are presumably of past happenings, the work prompts us to imagine the foreshadowing of a future occurrence. The installation spontaneously exposes misgivings about human intuition and cognition.
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Born 1978. Artist. Studied architecture before pursuing his graduate studies in intermedia art at the Tokyo University of the Arts, and fine art on the Associate Research Program at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His work reevaluates the consistency of perception and the integrated conception of time through media such as sculpture, photography and drawing. Recent main exhibitions include: “Find Your Verb” Koumi-machi Kougen Museum of Art, Nagano, Japan, 2022; “Constellations: Photographs in Dialogue” SFMOMA, San Francisco, USA, 2021; “L’ image et son double” Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France.
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