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Takeshi Mita

“ Climb on the contour line ”

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2015Excellence Award

ARTIST STATEMENT

Climb on the contour line

This work’s motif is the experiences of the adventurer Kanade Osu. Although Osu’s achievements during his golden years are well known, few people know that after his retirement following a fall in which he was injured, he continued to gather and research photos and materials from the world’s most secluded locations and attempted to make ceramics using soil sent to him from many different places. Through this work, I tried to track the travels of Osu, who discovered the unknown in other people’s experiences and continued to have movement-less adventures, and I wanted to present this as an adventure for us today.

Entries form: 44 inkjet prints (A3), one object formed from a bundle of inkjet prints (A4), documentation

Selecting judge: Minoru Shimizu

By assigning the two halves of the duality of photographs — as icons and as indexes — to the digital and analog realms, the artist has arrived at a cautious understanding between the essence of photography and the fictional world. He may be fumbling a bit, as some of the details are taken a bit too far (like the earthenware), but I'm a fan of his fumbling. He has skillfully represented how we experience photographs today — namely, experiencing vicariously copies of reality — through the timeworn dichotomy between the fake and real.

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PROFILE

Takeshi Mita

1979:Born in Hiroshima Prefecture
2000: Completed a Master’s degree with a major in painting (art prints) at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tama Art University
2009: Held a solo exhibition “Climb on the contour line” at Shin-Puh-Kan, Kyoto
2010: Held a solo exhibition “Explore on the contour line” at Hasu no Hana, Tokyo
In addition to presentations as a solo artist, active in the artistic unit Koso Keikakusho with recent works including “Atopia” (Gallery Coexist-Tokyo, Tokyo, 2015) and “Save as” (Impact International Printmaking Conference, United Kingdom, 2013)
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2015Excellence Award

Takeshi Mita

Climb on the contour line

This work, “Climb on the contour line”, is a derivative of some materials, used under Creative Commons (CC) license.
“Climb on the contour line“ is licensed under CC BY-SA by Takeshi MITA.
(Left to right) 1."in the wash" (used under CC BY) by Jeff Attaway / 2."Merimaisema" (used under CC BY-SA) by smerikal / 3."day lightning" (used under CC BY-SA) by ejoui15 / 4."Climbing Sequence 5 of 5" (used under CC BY-SA) by brewbooks / 5."Andrew on Solid Gold p1" (used under CC BY-SA) by Laurel Fan, "Sunset" (used under CC BY) by khawkins04, "Ocean lightning" (used under CC BY) by andrewmalone / 6."Amazing Sarychev Volcano - as seen from space" (used under CC BY) by NASA Goddard Photo and Video / 7."On the contour line" by Takeshi MITA (CC BY-SA) / 8."Son Doong-47" (used under CC BY-SA) by travelinknu / 9."Glacier river" (used under CC BY) by Kitty Terwolbeck, "Hiking in the Brooks Range" (used under CC BY) by Paxson Woelber / 10."Ice Caves" (used under CC BY) by AER Wilmington DE, "Ice Caves" (used under CC BY) by AER Wilmington DE / 11."On the contour line" by Takeshi MITA (CC BY-SA) / 12."aerial 013" (used under CC BY-SA) by Nanimo, "yesterday storm" (used under CC BY) by Rudolf Getel
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