Yusuke Akamatsu, Division, 2021
Diasec / iPhone-made collage
Dimensioni / Size: 52x70 cm
Edizione / Edition: 2
Courtesy: Shtager Gallery/Yusuke Akamatsu
Akamatsu uses the language of the street to create an abstract collage which captures the anxiety of the big city. The advertised objects from the posters on Parisian streets morph into grenades in the eyes of the viewer. The city bombards us with flashy images of continuous consumption: it is “carpet-bombing” us with sensations, narratives, conflicting stories. There is no “Now” or “Today”: it all is about how “Yesterday” defines “Tomorrow”. The anticipation of the future is based on a well-packaged, constantly reconfigured, oversold nostalgic past. Akamatsu’s paintings capture this anxiety of the city and the breach in the perception of time and space: vivid colours emphasize the impact of the imagery that aggressively shifts our focus away from our numerous cares and upon itself. Ripped off performance bills and advertisements of the upcoming products reveal the layered vision of the modern city that has no present.
Japan-France / Japan-France
Yusuke Akamatsu (b.1967) is a Japanese artist who came into the art world from the film background.
Since 1995 his art-house horror cinematography was influenced by such legends as David Lynch, Wong Kar-wai, Kon Ichikawa, and he was an apprentice of Takeshi Kitano. Yusuke continues to fuse film and photography to create experimental films. From 2017 Yusuke Akamatsu works with the techniques of collage, assemblage and montage, blending different mediums and disciplines to produce unique poetic artworks, exploring the complexity of human existence. His prior work with moving images taught him to combine two seemingly incompatible working modes: an intense, spur-of-the-moment attitude and a contemplative, meticulous gaze that penetrates the essence of the observed phenomena. He pioneers a new method of drawing with fingers as brushes on the screen of his iPhone. Working simultaneously in the techniques of collage, assemblage, drawing and montage. Akamatsu, a restless nomad, unapologetically bends the visual language of city streets into digitally manipulated collages.
Yusuke Akamatsu is a very careful aesthetic observer. When he arrives in the city, he makes himself invisible. He blends in with the backdrop of transcultural, transhistorical, displaced environments. Contemporary cities are more than the melting pots of people – they leave their own cultural footprint not only on those who inhabit them, but also on the mere passers-by, who can undergo fundamental changes. As one views the complexity, richness, and the contrasts of the society through the lens of the postmodern reality, one needs to develop agile and transdisciplinary sensitivity.