Taisuke Koyama & Takashi Kawashima, POST BODY / NATURE; LhGWR, The Hague

Taisuke Koyama, Takashi Kawashima

The two Japanese artists Taisuke Koyama (1978) and Takashi Kawashima (1985) have made their own exhibition at LhGWR, without any technical and artistic advice or help from the gallery staff.

Taisuke Koyama

Takashi Kawashima

Takashi Kawashima

Taisuke Koyama

It is also their first exhibition together.

Takashi Kawashima

Takashi Kawashima

Takashi Kawashima

Takashi Kawashima

The strange thing is, when entering the gallery, you might as well think all the works are made by one artist, albeit a very versatile one.

Takashi Kawashima

Taisuke Koyama, Takashi Kawashima

Takashi Kawashima

Taisuke Koyama

But soon you see the differences in character, in interest and in ways of seeing and working.

Takashi Kawashima

Taisuke Koyama

Taisuke Koyama

Taisuke Koyama

The unity is based on the presentation, which may look a bit radical for a photo exhibition, but it is also well staged and balanced.

Taisuke Koyama

Taisuke Koyama

Taisuke Koyama

Taisuke Koyama

The duo now make you take your distance, then make you feel part of the ensemble.

Taisuke Koyama

Taisuke Koyama

Taisuke Koyama, Takashi Kawashima

Takashi Kawashima

There are certainly great differences: Koyama’s work deals with the process of photographic reproduction itself while Kawashima might be called a lyrical photographer, constantly in dialogue with great natural forces.

Takashi Kawashima

Takashi Kawashima

Taisuke Koyama, Takashi Kawashima

The key to the success of this presentation is probably the deep respect they seem to have for each other’s works.

Taisuke Koyama, Takashi Kawashima

Taisuke Koyama, Takashi Kawashima

Taisuke Koyama, Takashi Kawashima

Aspects of both artist’s ideas come together in a communally made installation in the gallery’s basement.

Taisuke Koyama, Takashi Kawashima

Taisuke Koyama, Takashi Kawashima

Taisuke Koyama, Takashi Kawashima

Manipulation of algorithms seems to have become part of an artificial work which acts like an unpredictable natural situation.

Taisuke Koyama, Takashi Kawashima

Taisuke Koyama, Takashi Kawashima

Taisuke Koyama, Takashi Kawashima

But apart from these chic words, it is a show to be seen and to be experienced, so go and have a look for yourself somewhere this summer.

Taisuke Koyama, Takashi Kawashima

[Click on the pictures to enlarge]

© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists and LhGWR, The Hague

 

Bertus Pieters

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