Daisuke Yokota | Room. Pt. 1

Guardian Garden will be hosting an exhibition of Daisuke Yokota entitled “Room. Pt. 1” as the 50th installment in the series “The Second Stage at GG.” Daisuke Yokota won the Grand Prix at the 2nd “1_WALL” Photography Competition with his works that explore the relationships between memory and the present, and between images and reality. He has since embarked on wide-ranging activities that include the publication of numerous photo collections, two solo exhibitions at the photography museum Foam in Amsterdam, and participating in the Aichi Triennale 2016.

This exhibition is composed of not only two-dimensional works but also installations and multi-channel video content. It showcases photos of hotel rooms taken from a fixed perspective over the course of many years, as well as the various caves and natural sites that the artist has visited.

For an artist, memory and the past are not static entities; rather, they evolve depending on the state of the subject who recalls them. This can be said to be a consistent theme that undergirds all of the artist’s works from his “1_WALL” exhibition to the present moment. An image that is bound to any particular “support” is no more than a temporary phenomenon, for it can transition between various media and appear to the viewer as the same image at times and as a slightly different image at other times. The collection of these images resists being combined by the mind into a coherent memory, and they emerge in a fragmentary manner when you least expect it.

Artist’s Message

I want to create something new. I must create something new. I have been thinking about that for the past few years as I went on creating the same works while living my slow, self-indulgent life. However, new ideas are not always easy to encounter, but having said that, as someone without the knowledge, skills, or connections that would allow me to make use of the latest technology, I have no choice but to create the same works over and over again while constantly reminding myself that I need to be mentally prepared to do away with my obsessiveness and my take on what “new” means.

What exactly is time?

I remember vaguely asking myself that question when I was in elementary school. I wondered why I was thinking about and remembering all these things when I will die in the future anyway, as I was confronted by the fear of questions to which I have no answer at all. Since then, I stopped thinking about that all the time, but I probably still thought about it quite a bit more than other things. Before I knew it, 35 years had passed, which is not a short time by any means. What I finally understood was that although the core of my question of what time is remains unresolved to the extent that I am interested in time, I was suddenly able to intuitively grasp my own sense of what the answer to that question might be in the midst of chatting with my friend at night a few years ago. Time is that which is a part of all things.

Although I cannot claim that my epiphany is entirely new, this exhibition features works that are part of what I can (hopefully) call my own second stage, at least in the sense that I have achieved some form of progress in a question I have always wondered about.

(Quoted from website.)

Daisuke Yokota
Guardian Garden
Daisuke Yokota [ Room. Pt. 1 ]
Quoted from Guardian Garden official website.