Koji Shiroshita 城下浩伺

PICTURE Koji Shiroshita Exhibition / Photo by Masashi Mihotani

When do we start calling it “a picture”
or stop calling it “a picture” —
I think this is still a picture.

Where is the essence of a picture?

This is a question that I have been asking myself for the past few years, as opportunities to view pictures on digital device displays through social networking sites have become overwhelmingly common. Does it exist only in the actual so-called “real thing” of the work? What is the difference between an image displayed on a display and a “picture”?

Exhibition of “Picture” was held from April to June, 2020 during the growing COVID-19 pandemic. The initial concept of which was to exhibit Koji Shiroshita’s artworks at a gallery, each of the painted works was shot and printed, referring to them as “pictures”.

Through the process of shooting, printing and exhibiting what he painted, he hoped to raise the following questions:”Where is the ‘essence’ of a picture? Does it only exist in a physical work of art?

However, upon the Japanese government’s declaration of a “state of emergency,” he had to shift the venue of the show from the gallery to online. By unintentionally forcing the viewers to view the through screens, he ended up asking his audience about the place where the essence of pictures exists.

Given that the “essence” of a picture is something applied to a medium, or a support, with paint, the “Picture” releases their “essence” from that.

Since then, he has continued to create and present the works of “Picture” during the pandemic, and the exhibition “Picture” has been touring around Japan, and at the same time, the online exhibition has been touring to explore the essence of picture.

This time, “Picture #017” is a work that exists only as data, without the physical work of a print.
Is this a picture or a photograph? Is it an artwork or just data?

View on Opensea

PICTURE Online Open Studio

Nov. 24, 2021 at Kyoto Art Center


Koji Shiroshita

artist https://koji-shiroshita.com

Born in Kyoto. Graduated from Kyoto University of Art and Design, Department of Information Design. Among 4186 entries from 52 countries, he had won the 5th prize (the 3rd in Japan) at Art Olympia 2015, an International Open Art Competition.In his fine, dense artworks that are created with ink from a pen or a brush, he sets a contradictory limit of abandoning titles or motifs to establish complete freedom in the picture. In 2020, he released a series of pictures using photography to try to freely move around the essence of pictures.

Masashi Mihotani

photographer https://masashimihotani.com

Masashi Mihotani (b. 1987, Osaka) graduate of Visual Arts College Osaka’s Photography Department. His practice addresses ideas of awareness and perception, and in recent years has utilized everyday objects in place of film negatives to create color photograms. Initially self-taught, Mihotani has experience working in galleries and contemporary art facilities, and is a current part-time photography instructor at Kyoto University of the Arts and Visual Arts College Osaka. Among his numerous awards and publications, Mihotani was selected for the Japan Photo Award in 2018 by IMA Editorial Director Mutsuko Ota, and was shortlisted for the 2018 Benrido Hariban Award.


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