Takehito Koganezawa

Particle Tickle

July 17 - November 6, 2011

Reaching beyond the perception of everyday things, Takehito Koganezawa’s work fosters unprecedented latitude for imagination. His new work On a Cloudy Day You Can See Never, 2011 – which was created on site and is named after the famous Broadway musical On a Clear Day You Can See Forever from the 1960s – is an installation that purposefully plays into the Langen Foundation architecture: the building designed by Tadao Ando was intentionally designed without temperature control by the architect in order to preserve a physically experienceable dimension – a dimension that allows both warmth and coldness to be tangibly felt. In the light-flooded corridor running along the south side of the building Takehito Koganezawa has now installed around 12 mirrored balls. Operated by tiny solar-energy-run engines, the movement of the mirrored balls is contingent upon the incidence of light: on sunny days, the corridor is dramatically suffused with constantly moving reflections, while on cloudy or rainy days the marvellous effect of the small glass entities in motion fails to materialize. Through this light-sensitive, “weather-dependent” work of art, Koganezawa positions his work in relation to nature – to which Tadao Ando likewise sought dialogue.

„My eyes are always catching something that moves. I wonder whether in my former life I might have been a frog. Since my childhood, I am interested in clouds, airplanes, kites, insects, birds, balloons, rain or lightning...anything that flies or floats in the sky. Dust particles remind me of a typical Sunday morning when my parents were still sleeping. Sunlight came through the slit of the curtains and I would see the small particles dancing in a peculiar narrow angle. When you look at the dust closely, you would notice that each small particle has individual shape, color and motion. I try to see cosmos and chaos at the same time in that dust current.“

With these words, the artist himself has described what is behind his search for images.

In his second work being shown at the Langen Foundation (Dust, 2010), Koganezawa employs eight video beamers which aid him completely transforming the sizable exhibition room with its eight-meter-high walls. The large-scale video installation – with its dynamically moving, colourful paint particles that whirr around the room in innumerable directions and rhythms – basically just consists of one single, banal material: dust that has been filmed in the light of a projector.

On the artist: Born 1974 in Tokyo, Takehito Koganezawa now lives and works in Berlin. His works have been shown at various venues, including Manifesta 4 in Frankfurt am Main (2002) and the Yokohama Triennale (2005). In 2009, the Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich put on a solo exhibition of his work, as did the Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery in 2008. An exhibition is planned for 2012 at the Haus am Waldsee in Berlin. – An artist’s book will be released on occasion of the exhibition.

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