Sha Shin Magazine vol.3 SPELL

Sha Shin Magazine

For Yuki Onodera, whose style has been to create photographic works based on clear concepts, it must have been a challenge to leave things to chance in a sense. However, Twin Birds, which depicts the process of gluing sticks together one by one to create a sculpture that incorporates many accidental elements, reveals that the viewer's cultural background dominates the way he or she sees things. As Onodera himself has expressed similarly, for those who understand Chinese characters, the first photograph evokes the character for "body", which is an ideographic character. This is a thought process that is unique to the ideographic Kanji culture and perhaps not to the alphabetic culture.

On the other hand, Darkside of the Moon can be interpreted as an attempt to break the circuit of information that is almost automatically processed and understood by the eye-brain relationship when the viewer sees an image more universally, regardless of his or her cultural background. In each of the three photographs, the middle portion is cut into a square and replaced with another photograph. This series was also shown in the solo exhibition "TO Where" held at Yumiko Chiba Associates in Tokyo from September to October 2020. However, many other collage works, such as "Muybridge's Twist," were also exhibited at the same exhibition, and the composition of this exhibition makes us want to interpret it in that context.

On the other hand, the pairing of "Twin Birds" with "Muybridge's Twist" can be interpreted in a different way, as a problem of our thought process to understand the aforementioned images. From this point of view, it can be said that the relationship between imagination and language is inseparable from the issue of language and the appreciation of photography.

Spell: Words as Supporters of Images - A Cross Section of Photography and Words in Contemporary Photography
Excerpt from Uchibayashi Shun

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Sha Shin Magazine vol.3 SPELL

Kikuji Kawada
Naohiro Utagawa
Yuki Onodera
Yoko Kusano
Seiji Kumagai
Chieko Shiraishi
Gozo Yoshimasu
Publication: January 20, 2023
Specifications: A5 size, deformed
List price: 2,700 yen (excluding tax)
Publisher: Fugensha
Production: PCT, LLC

Photo Magazine "SHASHIN" vol.3 Spell Publication Commemorative Exhibition

Naohiro Udagawa / Yuki Onodera / Yoko Kusano / Seiji Kumagai / Chieko Shiraishi / Gozo Yoshimasu

Tuesday, January 24 - Sunday, February 19, 2023
Tue-Fri 12:00-19:00
Sat. and Sun. 12:00 - 18:00
Closed: Monday

Venue: Communication Gallery Fugensha
5-3-12 Shimo-Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0064, Japan

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