December 13, 2016 –
February 25, 2017
Yuki Kimura: Inhuman Transformation of New Year's Decoration, Obsolete Conception or 2

Opening reception: Tuesday, December 13, 6:30-8:30 pm

Yuki Kimura translates abstract ideas into tangible objects. Her conceptual approach involves borrowing elements from architecture, design, photography, and sculpture in service of making the immaterial material. She often includes found photographs, but their subject matter, composition, and context are subordinate to their presence as physical objects.

The elements in this exhibition of new work are doubled and multiplied. Pairs of photographs are blown up to human scale and hung side-by-side on a wall or transformed into matching tabletops. Ashtrays and liquor bottles are scattered across these tables like constellations or architectural models. Identical twin images reference a traditional Japanese New Year’s rice cake that represents the idea of a mirror, as well as a western philosophical concept of time in which past and present are intertwined. Opening in one year and ending in another, the entire exhibition acts as a New Year’s decoration.

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Yuki Kimura (b. 1971, Kyoto, Japan) lives and works in Berlin.

This exhibition is co-curated by Jeanne Gerrity and Leila Grothe. Lead sponsorship for Yuki Kimura: Inhuman Transformation of New Year's Decoration, Obsolete Conception or 2 is generously provided by Sonya Yu and Zack Lara. Additional support provided by John MacMahon, and The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles. Special thanks to Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo; Jägermeister; Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc.; and Jonathan Roach.
Yuki Kimura, Inhuman Transformation of New Year
Yuki Kimura, Inhuman Transformation of New Year's Decoration, Obsolete Conception or 2 [installation view], 2016, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and Taka Ishii Gallery. Photo: Johnna Arnold
Yuki Kimura, Inhuman Transformation of New Year
Yuki Kimura, Inhuman Transformation of New Year's Decoration, Obsolete Conception or 2 [installation view], 2016, Wattis Institute. 'Mirrors', 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Taka Ishii Gallery. Photo: Johnna Arnold
Yuki Kimura, Inhuman Transformation of New Year
Yuki Kimura, Inhuman Transformation of New Year's Decoration, Obsolete Conception or 2 [installation view], 2016, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and Taka Ishii Gallery. Photo: Johnna Arnold
Yuki Kimura, Inhuman Transformation of New Year
Yuki Kimura, Inhuman Transformation of New Year's Decoration, Obsolete Conception or 2 [installation view], 2016, Wattis Institute. 'Table Matematica', 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Taka Ishii Gallery. Photo: Johnna Arnold
Yuki Kimura, Inhuman Transformation of New Year
Yuki Kimura, Inhuman Transformation of New Year's Decoration, Obsolete Conception or 2 [installation view], 2016, Wattis Institute. 'Table Matematica', 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Taka Ishii Gallery. Photo: Johnna Arnold
Yuki Kimura, Inhuman Transformation of New Year
Yuki Kimura, Inhuman Transformation of New Year's Decoration, Obsolete Conception or 2 [installation view], 2016, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and Taka Ishii Gallery. Photo: Johnna Arnold
Yuki Kimura, Inhuman Transformation of New Year
Yuki Kimura, Inhuman Transformation of New Year's Decoration, Obsolete Conception or 2 [installation view], 2016, Wattis Institute. 'Division and Revision #2', 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Taka Ishii Gallery. Photo: Johnna Arnold
Yuki Kimura, Inhuman Transformation of New Year
Yuki Kimura, Inhuman Transformation of New Year's Decoration, Obsolete Conception or 2 [installation view], 2016, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and Taka Ishii Gallery. Photo: Johnna Arnold
Yuki Kimura, Inhuman Transformation of New Year
Yuki Kimura, Inhuman Transformation of New Year's Decoration, Obsolete Conception or 2 [installation view], 2016, Wattis Institute. 'Table Stella', 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Taka Ishii Gallery. Photo: Johnna Arnold