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Solo show: Mitsuhiro Yamagiwa - PALE BLUE (over)

15 January 2010 until 6 February 2010
  Mitsuhiro Yamagiwa - PALE BLUE
blank 01 2009 31.3 x 31.3 cm C-print
  Base Gallery

Base Gallery
Koura Daiichi Bldg. 1F, 1-1-6 Nihombashi-Kayabacho, Chuo-ku
103-0025 Tokyo
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Mitsuhiro Yamagiwa has exhibited a great number of paintings, photographs and installation in the past decades, and in each one of them, the essence in his expression has been the distance between himself and the world surrounding him, or even the way it is. “PALE BLUE” focuses more on his latest photographs, giving public the first opportunity to see his new works.
The digital data, as the core his works, is developed by scanning the photographs taken by Brownie camera and taking the scanned image into PC in half resolution. The mechanically scanned image, which is planar and too common and familiar, gives us the impression that the work leads us to somewhere between paintings and photographs. Moreover, it reminds us that the scene in our view is someplace certainly exists, but at the same time, it appears it can be nowhere.
The objects such as fireworks, which are a bit off from our daily life, do not show us any particular demeanor. Even though Yamagiwa chooses landscapes in foreign countries as the objects, his works do not give us any clue that they are in anomalous presence nor the distance from us to the actual places. Only flat and figural items are designed to be oozed. The scenery which is prevailing far and away, the hue which possess misalignment : every and each one of them brings us irritating feeling as if it is coated with a shin layer.
You might find yourself realizing it is exactly the texture and feeling of Yamagiwa in his everyday life. No places and no events have determinism. Everything and every moment is moderately and merely diffusible, and eventually repossessed in our mundane life. As an innocent self, Yamagiwa couches his texture of life in the form of photograph.
“PALE BLUE”, as the first solo exhibition at Base Gallery, will not only indicate us unexpected viewpoint but bring us the moment turning around our life which is full of inarticulacy from all quarters. The opening reception will be held at 18:00 on January 15th.

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