New Material presents the work of eight acclaimed young artists from Japan, all engaged in new photographic approaches that combine the highly experimental with the deeply personal. Featured in the catalog are works by Kenta Cobayashi, Motoyuki Daifu, Fumiko Imano, Yoshi Kametani, Momo Okabe, Hiroshi Takizawa, Naohiro Utagawa, and Daisuke Yokota.
Using a variety of formats, each of these photographers forego conventional photographic presentation in favor of restless experimentation with both subject matter, ranging from the intimately diaristic to the fully abstract, and process, employing nested imagery, tearing and
cutting photo paper, digital smudging, chemical corrosion, and generational layering. By altering the materiality and visuality of the photographs, they become unbound from fixed moments in time, their context changed even as initial details remain. Referred to by Naohiro Utagawa as “present texture,” and by Kenta Cobayashi as “signatures,” the resulting images are freed from the concrete and allowed a looser existence in which memory ultimately supersedes reality.
Produced in an edition of 300, New Material is presented as a newsprint catalog, encased in a re-closable, translucent pink poly bag. Designed to be read left-to-right or right-to-left, it includes Japanese and English translations of an artist discussion moderated by photobook expert Miwa Susuda, and featuring Cobayashi, Kametani, Takizawa, Utagawa, and Yokota. Four of the pages in New Material fold out to form a series of 57 x 75 cm (20.5 x 29.5 in.) posters, one each for Kametani/Yokota (from Classon), Daifu, Cobayashi, and Imano.