Mami Kosemura. Pendulum

17 Nov 2016 – 13 Jan 2017

Dillon Gallery

New York
New York, United States


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Dillon + Lee is pleased to present our inaugural exhibition “Pendulum,” showcasing new works by Japanese artist Mami Kosemura.


In her new eponymous video installation, Mami Kosemura sought to create a mysterious and unrealistic atmosphere, while using a real structure as its basis. This structure is the main salon of the Dillon + Lee townhouse, where Kosemura spent the summer. The artist wanted to abide by two self-induced rules: first is to make the content of her video and the installation be of the same place. The second rule was to introduce movement, but one that is simple and rhythmic, as in a pendulum. In the installation, two mirrors in the main salon are turned into projection screens to display the videos shot in the room. The video shows the space of the salon, as a mirror would reflect it, but Kosemura’s alternate version depicts the interior sliding horizontally from left to right, and right to left at regular intervals. Kosemura has decided to incorporate the errors that happens inevitably during a video editing process to further disorient the viewer.

In gallery b, Kosemura will be showing a new series of photographs called Objects - New York where she has created a set that imitates still life paintings in the style of Spanish painter Francisco de Zurbaran (1598-1664). Kosemura has been collecting various objects from the streets and thrift shops in New York. She only collected objects that were completely alien to her, unaware of what they are or what is their function. The process of finding these objects was sort of like being a New York archaeologist for Kosemura, since it is her first time ever living in this city. Though to an American viewer these objects may be familiar, Kosemura’s arrangement of them may create a sense of freshness or distance.

Of her works Kosemura says "This leads viewers to question, for example, is it a painting or photo? Still or moving? Fiction or reality? When we lose our fixed perspectives, we connect to these questions better, as well as to deeper questions about ourselves, where we are or what we are, our own self-understanding and our relationship to the external world.”

Mami Kosemura is a contemporary artist whose early photographs and animations reference traditional subjects taken from classical European motifs and Japanese painting by exploring the confluence between painting and filmmaking. She is based in Tokyo and is currently staying for a year in New York receiving a grant as the winner of the Gotoh Cultural Award, and is the artist in residency of Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn. Her piece, Flowering Plants of the Four Seasons, is currently on view at the Asia Society’s anniversary exhibition, “In and Out of Context: Asia Society Celebrates the Collections at 60.” Mami received PhD. in Painting and M.A. in Mural in Tokyo University of the Arts.

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