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TIGHTS IN SHIMOTAKAIDO

DAIDO MORIYAMA

   

TIGHTS IN SHIMOTAKAIDO

DAIDO MORIYAMA

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There are works that intrigue us as soon as we lay our eyes on them. This is the case with Tights in Shimotakaido, 1987/2014 by Daido Moriyama. Although the title tells us we are dealing with tights, I can't accept it. For me, it's an abstract image, curved lines and geometric cracks in which to lose oneself searching for the author's essence. It is one of Moriyama's most recent works and, at first glance, it seems very different from his first works, so refined and nuanced. Perhaps it is this mystery that fascinates me, probably ‘Tights in Shimotakaido, 1987/2014’ is the dividing between two, equally important, phases of the author's career. I have been bewitched by this incredible piece! And I am not the only one to be subjected to its fascination. With me is another guy from Turin (he lives in Barcellona, I live in London): his name is Stefano. Guess who I'm talking about?
Ci sono opere che intrigano a prima vista. E’ il caso di Tights in Shimotakaido, 1987/2014 di Daido Moriyama. Nonostante il titolo dell’opera riveli che abbiamo a che fare con dei collant, non riesco ad accettarlo. Per me è un’immagine astratta, linee curve e fessure geometriche nelle quali abbandonarsi cercando l’essenza dell’autore. E’ una delle opere più recenti di Moriyama e, a una prima occhiata, sembra molto diversa dai suoi primi lavori, così rarefatti e sfumati. Forse è proprio questo mistero che mi affascina, probabilmente ‘Tights in Shimotakaido, 1987/2014’ è la fotografia spartiacque fra 2 fasi, egualmente importanti, della carriera dell’autore. Sono stregato da quest’opera formidabile! E non sono l’unico a subirne la fascinazione. Insieme a me c’è un altro torinese (lui vive a Barcellona, io a Londra): si chiama Stefano. Indovinate un po’ di chi sto parlando?

Description

MEDIUM:GELATIN SILVER PRINT
DIMENSIONS:50 X 60 CM
This photograph may also be available in 100 x 150 cm upon request.
AUTHENTICATION/GUARANTEE +
Signed and dated by the artist on the back.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK
At first glance, the subject of Tights is unclear. The intersecting black lines seem almost abstract, but slowly the curve of the body reveals itself.
Daido Moriyama’s emphasis on immediacy imbues his work with a strong sense of physical presence, intensifying the feeling of discomfort when viewing this image. Tights is almost claustrophobic in its cropped composition, serving to highlight the dramatic intensity of this erotically charged image. Although the photograph is suggestively sexual, this is subtly rendered in a way that becomes enigmatic rather than pornographic.
Though the extreme close-up and contrast of this photograph appears more artistic and constructed than Moriyama’s ‘point and shoot’ street photography, it still shares the cohesive aim to observe and highlight areas of overlooked reality. Moriyama is constantly seeking the mysterious and unknown aspects of everyday life.
The abstract tendency in this image is significant as it points to Japanese influence and character in Moriyama’s photography. Although he predominantly cites American influences – Kerouac, Warhol and Klein – his work also recalls Japanese techniques of calligraphy and woodblock print. As Moriyama admits, “There is something very vernacular, something I can feel and smell as Japanese in what I do. So if at first glance the pictures might look quite American, there’s a belief in Japanese tradition that comes out in them even if I’m not always conscious of it.”
Literature
Daiwa Radiator Factory, Daido Moriyama: The Complete Works Vol. 2 1974–1992, p. 407
Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Daido Moriyama, p. 57
Galerie Kamel Mennour, Daido Moriyama: Remix, n.p.
Phaidon, Daido Moriyama 55, cover and p. 111
Shimane Art Museum, Hunter of Light: Daido Moriyama 1965–2003, pl. 348