Sunday, May 15, 2016

Daisuke Yokata, Color Photographs (Harper's Books, 2015, signed and dated)

Last year at the New York Art Book Fair I picked up this absolutely gorgeous book by Japanese photographer Daisuke Yokota. Color Photographs was published in an edition of 750 copies with five different font-color variants (each limited to 150). I'm on the Harper's Books email list and when they mentioned the book (and that Yokota would be at the fair signing copies) I rushed out the door as if to siren-song.

I hadn't seen his work before but these photos possess an incredible cosmic heft; they're otherworldly in their beauty and the kind of thing I could endlessly look at (NB: Harper's did do a series of prints, too). They remind me of Sigmar Polke, and were created with a similar kind of darkroom-chemical manipulation that became one of Polke's many signature styles. These experimental photos were printed, distorted, layered, and scanned, and they look like the surface of an acid-drenched planet we've not yet discovered. Absolutely spellbinding.

Here's a detail, too. I'm not going to post any more photos because you should all buy the book while it's still available. 

Currently reading:
Miroslav Penkov, Stork Mountain

Currently listening to:
Joanna Brouk, "Hearing Music"

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