Colour #1: Akihiko Miyoshi

Here is a selection of Akihiko Miyoshi’s profound, complex and beautifully coloured work.

Photography’s impulse to depict in its most utilitarian tendencies (for example photo-journalism as art) creates, to use the artist Jeff Wall’s words, the “most problematic kind of photograph” which anchored itself through social validity. This to me is an insufficient condition for art. In response to these concerns I had over photography as an art form, I made a series of works that investigated the terms and conditions within which photography defined itself, the first of which is titled “Ode to the Pictorialists”.

– excerpt from author’s statement

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A color video image of roses is projected onto faux roses that are spray painted white. The projected image creates the impression that the roses are colored. Upon close inspection the viewer sees that the image is slightly misaligned with the object and recognizes the separation of image from form. Further, the projected image very slowly separates itself, just as it has from form, into three primary colors that constitute the image.

– author’s statement

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© Akihiko Miyoshi, ‘Binary 2’, Archival Inkjet Print, 40×30 inches, 2013.

rest of the series here

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© Akihiko Miyoshi, ‘Abstract Photograph (053012c)’, from ‘Color Fields’, 2012.

rest of the series here

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© Akihiko Miyoshi, from ‘Abstract Photographs’, 2011-2013.
© Akihiko Miyoshi, from ‘Abstract Photographs’, 2011-2013.
© Akihiko Miyoshi, from ‘Abstract Photographs’, 2011-2013.
© Akihiko Miyoshi, from ‘Abstract Photographs’, 2011-2013.

the rest of the series here | about ‘Abstract Photographs’ here

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© Akihiko Miyoshi, ‘CMYKRGB’, Archival Inkjet Print, 30×40 inches, 2014.

rest of the series here

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© Akihiko Miyoshi, ‘Process Structure #7’, Archival Inkjet Print, 40×30 inches, 2014.
© Akihiko Miyoshi, ‘Process Structure #5’, Archival Inkjet Print, 30×40 inches, 2014.

rest of the series here

A good essay about Akihiko Miyoshi’s work, by writer Emily Doucet, can be found here

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