Daisuke Yokota - Photographs London Wednesday, May 20, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    In his dream-like Cloud, highly experimental artist Daisuke Yokota explores the perception of time through the medium of photography. Yokota gives this seemingly abstract image the title Cloud, alluding to his starting point – a photograph he had taken of a cloud, a favourite motif. For Yokota, the process of visually altering his photograph parallels that of visually altering time. The visual and temporal distancing of the resulting image from the initial cloud image is evocative of the way memory forms in our consciousness and alters over time.

    Continually challenging the limitations of photography, Yokota creates each work in a different way. His distinctive image-making process involves a myriad combination of techniques, interventions and approaches, including digital manipulation, re-photographing, repetition, and developing film in boiled water. Combining analogue and digital processes, Yokota spends long hours at his computer, as well as in his bathroom, which he has converted into a darkroom. For Yokota, his experimental process is as important as the resulting work. His expressive works inhabit an ambiguous space, vacillating between creation and deterioration, reality and dream, immediacy and distance, nowhere and somewhere.

    Yokota was selected in 2013 for Foam Talent, Amsterdam and was one of only two photographers, alongside Naoya Hatakeyama, to be presented at the April 2015 festival Shashin Symposium: Photography from Japan at the New York Public Library.




Archival pigment print, flush-mounted.
110 x 150 cm (43 1/4 x 59 in.)
Signed, titled, dated and numbered AP2 in ink on a Certificate of Authenticity label affixed to the reverse of the frame.

This work is AP2 from the sold-out edition of 3 + 2 AP.

£6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for £6,250

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London 21 May 2015 4pm