Taro Izumi, Untitled, 2010, mixed media, dimensions variable.

Taro Izumi

Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery

Taro Izumi, Untitled, 2010, mixed media, dimensions variable.

Taro Izumi’s videos and performances combine sheer physical sensation with slapstick gestures that reflect the influence of contemporary cartoons, animation, and computer games. Izumi frequently invents task-based actions that resemble children’s games with simple but absurd rules; by doggedly following such rules in performance, and documenting the process with deliberately fragmented videos that treat images and sounds as pure sensory data, he attains such effects as the spatial and temporal extension of pictorial expression and the evocation of unconscious drives. Izumi’s latest solo show, “Kneading,” demonstrated the maturation of this strategy by incorporating the material effects of physical performance and the architectural eccentricities of the exhibition space into the visual experience of the work.

Among the seven large and small video installations constituting the show,

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