Takamitsu Ohta – Elemental Studies [Book]

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Takamitsu Ohta – Elemental Studies [Book]

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Label: Senufo Editions

Format: Book

Year: 2017

Ohta’s name has been cropping up in places enough for me to take note, but it comes as a surprise that work documented in this book reaches back into 2004. Until now, westerners haven’t had much they can hold, so this fine introduction to his installation work, paired with the release of the excellent duo with Anne-F Jacques, signifies a bit of an international emergence of Takamitsu Ohta. As the title implies, Ohta builds networks of objects in fascinating arrays that draws the participant in and leads them to examine more closely basic natural utilities, while implementing his own ‘hacks’ to penetrate sensory walls and catch the elements for observation. He uses air, water, light, and electricity as harnessable mediums and finds new ways to interact with them. While the physical arrangements are indeed aesthetically alluring and carefully designed, there’s a makeshift quality, not unlike a Wabi-sabi type means of construction, which makes the photographs more interesting to look at than pristine, symmetrical, all white gallery shots. The work comes as an approachable hybrid form of environmental field research and contemporary art and design, in a context that is free form the icky stock market of the Art world. The accompanying text is plain and inviting for aficianados and art-dummies like myself alike, generously describing what exactly is going on in each piece, as not to leave one feeling like they would had to have been there to fully grasp the designs. A perfect fit for followers of Senfuo, accustomed to close listening, keen to take interest in an artist who engages with the world beyond sound with a similar closeness.

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snf03 : takamitsu ohta "elemental studies" - A5 book, 44 pages, 100 copies
"a photographic survey of ohta's wonderfully minimal installations."