post disembodiment (origin) alter ego (door) shadow (door)
Yuki Kimura ( Japanese, 1971 )
In this grouping of work from 2006, artist Yuki Kimura attempts to bring photography into the sculptural realm. First, she removes a portion of the photographic image and props it directly on the gallery floor, and second, she gives the photographic image a physical “shadow.” Formally these works echo the planks of minimalist sculptor John McCracken, but conceptually they follow the surrealist logic of the found object. Viewed through a Freudian lens of psychoanalysis, the holes in these images elicit a sense of desire—for them to be filled, to become whole or complete—while at the same time doubling as an opening, a door that opens onto another world. Commenting on this body of work, the artist has stated, “I want to invent another, new story by playing with the images collected and at hand. I think of the work as a door to the world.”
In the post-disembodiment series, Kimura’s photographs read first as an image (door), then as material (wood), and finally as immaterial (shadow). The artist’s conceptual exploration of image and shadow, presence and absence, reveals latent physical and psychological dimensions of photography and questions the tenets of the medium in thought-provoking new ways.
Gabriel Ritter, Label text, Never Enough: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art, 2014.