Christopher Grimes Gallery

Takehito Koganezawa: Paint it Black, and Erase

Takehito Koganezawa: Paint it Black, and Erase

paint it black, and erase by takehito koganezawa

Takehito Koganezawa

Paint it Black, and Erase, 2010

canberead by takehito koganezawa

Takehito Koganezawa

CANBEREAD, 2010

Saturday, June 23, 2012Saturday, September 1, 2012


Santa Monica, CA USA

Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition and a live performance by Takehito Koganezawa. The exhibition will run from June 23 – September 1, 2012. The Performance and Opening Reception will be held Saturday, June 23 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Berlin-based artist Takehito Koganezawa will present an exhibition of two recent video works and a liver performance that coincides with a recent survey of his work “Luftlinien” (Lines in the Air)at the Haus am Waldsee in Berlin.

For the opening reception, Koganezawa will perform a live video projection piece. With a camera positioned directly over his work surface, Koganezawa will “spin” his drawings – much like a disc jockey to vinyl – to project overlaying image streams on the gallery wall.

Koganezawa’s ongoing phenomenological approach to video is inherent in the dialog between the two new video works. The main space of the gallery will be devoted to a projected work titled “Paint it Black, and Erase,” which draws on obvious references to Hans Namuth’s well-known film of Jackson Pollock working over a sheet of glass while filmed from the underside. The continuous “action” of the application of paint in Koganezawa’s work is perpetuated by the movement of the pigment over the glass surface simultaneous to the erasure of the preceding gestures with every stroke.

The 10-channel contemplative work “CANBEREAD” will be installed in the more intimate South Gallery on a series of small monitors surrounding the viewer. A detailed view of a finger constantly circling the rim of a half-filled wine class sets up a concatenation of harmonics within the room. The suspension and emphasis of time in this work are accentuated by the repetitive movements of the image and the fluctuation of the pitch. As Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight has stated “…absent any linear narratives, time and space collapse.”

Koganezawa was born in Tokyo in 1974 where he graduated from Musahina Art University. He has been living in Berlin since 1999 and has exhibited internationally at various institutions including Langen Foundation, Germany; Museu de Arte Moderna São Paulo, Brazil; Aichi Triennale, Japan; Haunch of Venison, London; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art Photography, Chicago; and Institute for Contemporary Art, London. He has held residencies in Villa Aurora in Los Angeles; Kea Island in Greece; India and São Paulo. In 2009 he was given a solo exhibition at MIMOCA in Marugame Japan that featured all aspects of his practice including drawing, sculpture, video and installation.

For biographical information and a selection of additional images please visit our website at www.cgrimes.com or phone 310.587.3373.