shinro ohtake at gwangju art biennale 2010
 
shinro ohtake at gwangju art biennale 2010
sep 28, 2010

shinro ohtake at gwangju art biennale 2010

scrapbooks #1-64, 1977-2005 mixed media image © designboom

since shinro ohtake (b.1955 tokyo, japan) ‘s first solo show in 1985, his multi-layered works in painting, sculpture, and bookmaking have become an influential presence in japanese contemporary art. responding directly to the mass media and contemporary urban life, ohtake’s works are characterized by their voracious, maximalist accumulations of found materials, which balance the slap-dash and the considered, pairing short bursts of feverish energy with methodically layered imagery. this sense of purposeful chaos also translates into ohtake’s work in music, where he has created tightly coiled noise rock with his influential band JUKE/19, as well as with his current band puzzle punks, which he formed in collaboration with boredom’s front man yamataka eye in 1991.

showing at this year’s gwangju biennale is one of ohtake’s most prominent and consistent facet: his ongoing series of scrapbooks which he began to make in 1977. like a traditional scrapbook, these books hold mountainous collections  of found materials that ohtake collages and paints over to create complex, stratified compositions on each of the books’ pages,rendering them into quasi-sculptural objects. however, unlike a traditional scrapbook, his works have no specific diaristic function. instead, they function more as a series of cultural crystallization points, where ohtake’s labor transforms the cast-off sweepings of visual culture into heightened versions of themselves.

shinro ohtake at gwangju art biennale 2010 exhibited scrapbook image © designboom

shinro ohtake at gwangju art biennale 2010 collaged pages image © designboom

shinro ohtake at gwangju art biennale 2010 detail image © designboom

shinro ohtake at gwangju art biennale 2010 3D elements and found materials image © designboom

shinro ohtake at gwangju art biennale 2010 detail image © designboom

shinro ohtake at gwangju art biennale 2010 image © designboom

shinro ohtake at gwangju art biennale 2010 image © designboom

shinro ohtake at gwangju art biennale 2010 image © designboom

shinro ohtake at gwangju art biennale 2010 exhibition view image © designboom

shinro ohtake at gwangju art biennale 2010 exhibition view image © designboom

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