Kohei Kobayashi 3


March 22 – April 20, 2002

Curated by Yuko Yamamoto (Yuko Yamamoto was working at Shiraishi Contemporary Art, Inc.(SCAI). She currently runs her gallery, YAMAMOTO GENDAI in Tokyo.)

Artist: Kohei Kobayashi

Ise Cultural Foundation presents the U.S. debut of a promising young video artist, Kohei Kobayashi, entitled Kohei Kobayashi 3.  This exhibition is a part of the Ise Foundation’s curatorial program, PEC (Program for Emerging Curators). Yuko Yamamoto takes charge of the curatorial direction for the second PEC exhibition.

In his video works, Kobayashi employs shadows of human figures continuously moving; composites of their body parts appear and flow as if they are kinetic objects freed from gravity.  Although there are absolutely no sounds in the works, the audience has afterimages of the black and white ghostlike figures and inevitably generates sounds in their minds during and after watching the images on the monitors.  Some of the viewers interpret the wriggling images as doppelgängers when they see themselves reflected in the imposing and entirely indifferent world of Kobayashi’s media work.  Likewise, the artist embeds his personal observation of his contemporaries in society in our subconscious psyches.

Kohei Kobayashi, who is a graduate from the oil painting department at Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Art and Music in 1999, and lives and works in Japan.  He is one of the leading young artists in Japan and his works have been represented in several group shows including the Fukui Biennale 8 in the year of his graduation.  He has also had a solo show in Nagoya and will have one in Shizuoka after this exhibition at the Ise Foundation Gallery.  He is used to be one of the operating members of an artist-run space Art Space Dot in Nagoya.

Yuko Yamamoto, who is the invited curator for Kobayashi 3, is Japan-based and currently works at Shiraishi Contemporary Art Inc. (SCAI), Japan.  She has directed several remarkable exhibitions of Japanese contemporary artists such as Kenji Yanobe and Motohiko Odani at Roentgen Kunstraum, Tokyo and other spaces.