"Kamiwaza Artist Print Fair"August 23-26, 2012 【Kyoto @ Gakei Gimlet Art Space】
September 6-9, 2012 【Nagoya @ Tokiori】
February 7-10, 2013 【Tokyo @ Higure】
For each day of the Kamiwaza Art Fair, Seth High Contemporary will be showing new photographic works that have been completed just hours before going on exhibition. Within minutes of taking the pictures on America's west coast, Seth will send the files to Japan, where they will be printed on archival paper and quickly exhibited at the gallery. By showing extremely current work as opposed to a pre-selected collection of 'greatest hits', the artist and viewers alike will face new challenges. The artist hopes that this interactive process will reduce the perceived 'distance' between artist and audience as well actual physical distance between the artist and exhibition space. Moreover, by showing new works each day, Seth High Contemporary will be criticizing the static nature of gallery shows and giving visitors a reason for attending the exhibition more than once.
"Frames"December 25, 2011 through February 24, 2012 【Tokyo】
For this show Tagawa collected antique frames across the American West. He then photographed each from both the front and back. After adding color to the photographs and printing them on German fiber paper, he placed 2 photographs (front and back) into each frame.
Like the frames themselves, each set of photographs is one-of-a-kind. There are no editions. Though these playfully postmodern pieces are highly conceptual, they also have a striking visual impact.
At the opening reception, Tagawa will give a talk on the artist Howard Hodgkin, whose work he found to be a major inspiration.
"Kama Sutra"August 20, 2010 through November 30, 2010【Zermatt】
These simple sumi ink paintings can simultaneously be viewed as minimalist works of geometric expressionism as well as representations of sexual acts. Based on the ancient Hindu texts of the Kama Sutra, each painting depicts a distinct coital position. Synthesizing religious spirit, sexual desire and purified aesthetic form, this portfolio exemplifies the humor, conceptual provocation and visual dynamic that lies at the heart of Enchi's art practice. Painted in 2000, this exhibition marks the first time that the portfolio will be shown in its entirety. Limited edition prints (editions of 10) will be available for sale, as will several of the original paintings.
"WINDOWS"July 7 – August 14. 2010 【Tokyo】
'Windows' is a new collaboration by Sam Soox and S.H.Contemporary. It features 70 framed photographs of 'windows' taken in Japan during Soox's recent 6-month residency at Kanto Art University. As with all of the artist's publications and exhibitions, Soox merely turned over his digital image data to the gallery, which selected the theme and pictures. The impetus for 'Windows' was a conversation between Seth High and Sam Soox about the artist's life-long attraction to windows. Soox's text, '50 Reasons Why I Love Windows' is a crucial part of the work itself.
Like the majority of Sam Soox's photographic work, the images of 'Windows' often attempt to explore the ways in which people engage with the natural world. Believing that pictures must simultaneously have 'social and aesthetic appeal', Soox also takes great care when composing his photographs - Critic Melissa Xu has gone as far as to call them 'social minimalism'. The works will be on view at S.H.Contemporary in Tokyo from July 7th through August 14th. Archival prints will be available in editions of 5. Contact the gallery for further information.
"NEW WORK"July 7 – August 14. 2010 【Tokyo】
Along with her recent lens drawings, S.H.Contmeporary presents a new performance piece by the acclaimed contemporary artist, Janet Carson. Titled 'Pose III', the work involves the artist going around the gallery with a digital camera during the exhibition opening party and asking people to pose for pictures. Like in all of her performances, no actual pictures will be taken. A video of the performance will be shown during the exhibition's entire run. Building on her controversial pieces 'Pose I' and 'Pose II', in which she maintained a constant photographer's stance in front of tourist sites for hours at a time, Carson, is interested in exploring how people behave with or in the presence of cameras.