Takehito Koganezawa, After the Heat, new watercolours

12.09.2017 - 15.10.2017

a man steal a water

Takehito Koganezawa, "A man steel a water", Watercolor on paper, 2017

“After the Heat” presents watercolours fresh from the studio of the Japanese draughtsman, video and performance artist Takehito Koganezawa (b. 1974, Tokyo). He produced the watercolours over the summer of 2017 in Japan specifically for Haus am Waldsee at Bikini Berlin. The resulting sheets offer insights into a fantastic world in which events of the day are reflected on dreamily, associatively, from memory and yet very sensually. Koganezawa’s watercolour drawings emerge from afterimages that describe the interstice between memory and vision.

The sense of wonder generated by regarding the world as a space of sensation provides Takehito Koganezawa with infinite material for his deceptively simple works on paper. In small formats the artists lays down the impressions of his day with an assured hand. Having moved from Berlin to Onomichi near Hiroshima this means that he experiences anew the heat and humidity of the subtropical Japanese summer, recalling his childhood in Tokyo. To him, the nightly chirping of the cicadas, the strong odours of the sprawling vegetation, but also stray dogs and the tropical storms suddenly appearing on the horizon make the world seem enchanted.

The new series draws on older works, such as those made for his major solo exhibition of 2012 at Haus am Waldsee in Berlin Zehlendorf. Unlike his mobile performances and video works, Koganezawa’s watercolours depict hardly comprehensible moments of internal observation. The question arises whether perception, as seemingly light-hearted as Koganezawa captures it, is actually more real than the order of the external world surrounding us.

Having studied at Musashino Art University in Tokyo Koganezawa came to Berlin on a scholarship in 1999. In January 2017 he moved back to Japan with his young family. His reflections on time and space have palpable roots in traditional Japanese philosophy. The strength of his works, however, lies in the fact that he finds contemporary translations for a specifically Japanese sense of life.


We thank Galerie Loock for the amiable cooperation and the company Tonsor for sponsoring the colours on our walls.