Untitled Composition 5
At the first glance, colored squares are beautifully designed on one image. It may look like a digitally collaged work, although it consists of several papers physically laid on the desk.? The colored papers were printed by scanning the drawings left in an abolished school and extremely reducing the resolution of the image. As you carefully see in detail, you will notice that one paper is covering the other and notice that this is a photograph capturing a physical object. It may be nonsense for our eyes to discern what is digital and what is physical in this era. But we enjoy searching details to find it out what we are seeing.
Shadow leaving a sense of time.
Tanaka has settled all colored papers with deep consideration. But there is another hidden element making this work unique. That is the shadow (and sunlight) laid over the image. Long shadows and soft sunlight give us a sense of time which may be in a late afternoon. The time was captured on the paper which was originally a drawing created in the past. Although the shadows were intentionally included in the work, Tanaka left a happenstance how it will appear in the work. Tanaka chose photograph as a medium since there are some uncontrollable affects appears in the print and it makes the work more exciting. Shadow is a happenstance stimulating the work.
Someone’s memory melting into yours.
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