Exhibition in Japan: Yoshihiko Ito “In the Box”

Philosophical images are on exhibit from January 13th in Tokyo

Since his career as an artist began in 1980 Yoshihiko Ito has produced a large and philosophical body of work rooted in scrupulous observation.

His artistic process begins with his close observation and reflection on the fleeting nature of time, place, and life itself. In his early series, he chronologically arranged prints made using a half-frame camera to reveal a greater pattern and incorporated elements in each frame that come together to form an image when viewed as a contact sheet. In “To Observe” and “To Continue to Observe,” he employed this method to studies of water drops, leaves, waves, clouds and more to explore the often unpredictable relationship between photographer and subject, while also expressing intangible concepts like time and thought within the images.

In the mid-nineties, he began splicing images together into “picture scrolls” for his ongoing “Patrone” series. Taking inspiration from the extraordinary representation of time and space found in Japanese emakimono (Japanese picture scrolls), he makes several photographs from a fixed point of view, then tears the prints apart to reconstruct them as mosaic images.

Yoshihiko Ito says: “My “Patrone” series began as an attempt to make emakimono out of photographs. Using strands of light and time I’ve managed to stitch these photographs into just that.”

”In the Box” is the culmination of the “Patrone” series thus far. He captured enshrined dolls, raindrops and unassuming animals. He presents a unique look into the otherwise invisible ebb and flow of time and consciousness.

Yoshihiko Ito “In the Box”
Date: January 13 − March 4, 2017
Monday to Friday:11:00-19:00 / Saturday:11:00-18:00
Closed: Sunday and National Holidays
Place: PGI (2-3-4 3F Higashiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

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