KG+ Award 2018 Finalists Exhibition
The KYOTOGRAPHIE satellite event KG+ was held in spring 2018. As part of SIGMA’s sponsorship of the program, the work of each finalist of the KG+ Award 2018 photography competition was going to be exhibited in a Tokyo gallery: the grand prix winner in a solo show, the remaining finalists as part of a group exhibition.
After Kenryou Gu’s solo exhibition in November and December 2018*, the group exhibition “KG+ Award 2018 Finalists Exhibition” featuring the works by the remaining four finalists was held at the America-Bashi Gallery in Tokyo’s Ebisu district between January 31 and February 11, 2019.
Yukiko Sugiyama “CRASH”
A classic car slumbers in a thick, lightless forest. A battle-worn bomber airplane rests shattered in a dusty and barren desert. Rust slowly eats away at the husk of a scrapped vessel that has fallen into the ocean’s embrace. All are eroded and absorbed by their environments.
Yukiko Sugiyama journeyed across Kyoto, California, and New York capturing scenes of machines in their twilight. Like something out of a science fiction novel, Sugiyama uses infrared and drone technology to document their stories. This exhibition pursues the heartless advancement and demise of the interdependence of humanity and machines.
Masaki Kiuchi “Tangent”
Masaki Kiuchi presents scenes once visible by the ancient inhabitants who lived in the areas around his hometown. Kiuchi photographs rivers, the sea, mountains and hills; images that do not include any man-made objects or traces of agriculture. Thus, mixing modern scenes with agricultural civilization from back then. By emphasizing the boundaries between the past and the present, as well as civilization and nature, the viewer can rethink these delicate relationships.
Naotatsu Kaku “Choreography by Choreography”
A video as an extension of a photograph, a photograph cut out from a video. This work presents the choreography of changing from video to photograph and back again. There exists a quest for a sense of time and visual discomfort of these boundaries. The creator choreographs a new dance from this media and sets apart bodily expression clad in its own fascination.
Nicolas Auvray “Lisa + Attractions Nocturnes”
Simply a lonely building and a bench. A woman lingers on the bench, looking across the street at a man. This work, entitled “Lisa,” is the result of a fortuitous encounter one night between this woman and the photographer. Artist Nicolas Auvray searches and captures the extraordinary atmosphere of dreamlike realities. As a sensuous exploration of day and night, he uses both surrounding light and the “set” of reality to create a theatrical presence with a strong narrative. To Auvray, night is not simply a time of day, but a radically strange space encompassing the perception of a changed reality. To complement this nocturnal experience, a selection of portfolio “Attractions Nocturnes” is also presented.
Opening Reception & Gallery Talk
Following the exhibition’s opening on January 31, the artists and organizers held a reception party and gallery talk on Saturday, February 2. The event was well-attended and became a great opportunity for artists and audience to discuss and exchange ideas about the exhibited works.
Born in 1985, Kyoto, Japan; based in Kyoto and Los Angeles
Born in 1971, Shizuoka, Japan; based in Shizuoka
Born in 1990, Tokyo, Japan; based in Tokyo
Born in 1975, Paris, France; based in New York