Kensuke Koike "Re-Composed" @ The Photographers' Gallery
Venice-based artist Kensuke Koike, who was featured in the Fall, 2019 issue of the magazine, deconstructs and reconfigures vintage photographs and postcards to create sculptural works with a surrealist playfulness. His practice is centered around a philosophy of 'no more, no less' exploring the possibilities of creating a new image made up only of itself. This involves using only the existing assets found within an image to create a contemporary visual with a new narrative - a process he has coined as 'single image processing'. Using found objects in this way creates a more dynamic way of working, as although he experiments with many prototypes initially, there is only one chance to work with the original photograph.
The use of found images in combination with the handcrafted formation of the works feels nostalgic for a vintage era, whilst the videos taken and shared digitally show his interest in contemporary ways of working. Koike introduces a performative element to his practice through his exhibiting of both the processes and final works, which is important to understand both the humor and reverence with which he creates his vision.
Re-Composed is currently on view at The Photographer's Gallery in London.