San Francisco

Kota Ezawa

Haines Gallery

Kota Ezawa has made a career of reducing moving and static images to digital cartoons—likenesses characterized by their fields of unmodulated color, South Park–like animation, and impassive emotional core. His range of iconic source material has included footage of the O. J. Simpson trial (The Simpson Verdict, 2002), Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s sex tape (Two Stolen Honeymoons Are Better Than One, 2007), and Alain Resnais’s Last Year at Marienbad (LYAM 3D, 2008). The last—when viewed through accompanying blue-and-red lensed glasses—could be experienced in 3-D. The affectlessness of Marienbad’s story line, gliding camera work, and emotionless actors is intensified by the illusory depth.

For his third show at Haines Gallery, Ezawa took on another cinema classic, Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin, and created dozens of ink drawings, each presenting the first frame after every cut in

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