Takahiko Iimura





A White Line in Black, 2007
one-second black 16mm film loop
3 1/4 x 3 1/4 x 1 1/4 inches
ed. of 20

A Black Line in Clear, 2007
one-second clear 16mm film loop
3 1/4 x 3 1/4 x 1 1/4 inches
ed. of 20

White and Black Lines, 2007
2 one-second 16mm film loops
3 1/8 x 3 1/8 x 3 1/8 inches
ed. of 20

“A film loop as a device of Time, I could present the minimum unit of time and the maximum at the same time in one second loop, both in positive and negative versions. A realization of Yin and Yang philosophy into film.” — T I

MA (1-13), 2010
Photographic prints on mount board
8 1/4 X 11 1/2 inches
ed. of 10

Ma is a Japanese word for ‘space in between’ and intervals of space/time together. Ma is an indispensable factor of Japanese aesthetics as well as everyday life. First, I made an experimental film of the famous Zen garden of Ryoan-ji in Kyoto,  MA: SPACE/TIME IN THE GARDEN OF RYOAN-JI (1989), which was commissioned for the Program for Art on Film, a joint venture of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Trust. Later on, I made this film which is an animation tracing the outline movements of the former film on TV screen, thus turning the movement of the camera into the stones, and therefore titled MA: THE STONES HAVE MOVED (2004).  The method applied is a traditional way of drawing called Ippitsuga: one stroke drawing for the multiple movements of the stones. — T I

AIUEONN Six Features, 1997
6 silkscreen prints
19.1/2 x 25.1/2 inches
ed. of 20


AIUEONN Six Features (vers. I), 1993
digital video on LED screen, color, sound
2 minutes 30 seconds

“The images often take on geometrical shapes, others recall the classical images from Japanese woodcuts of Samurai warrior grimace.” — Robert West, Curator, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC

MA: The Stones Have Moved, 2004
digital video, b/w & color, silent
10 minutes

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