Shinro Ohtake – Oku-Kei
The title of Oku-Kei corresponds to the English “memoryscape.” Departing from similar terrain as Retinamnesia Filtration Shed, the works in this series incorporate scores of found family photos and printed ephemera that have been pasted into abstract compositions. Ohtake starts with the frames first, which, given their depth, are really closer to glass cases. The act of sealing layer upon layer of memory into the cases becomes comparable to producing landscapes out of empty space. It is a reverse archaeology. As with projects such as Time Memory and Retina, these works occupy the interstices between two- and three-dimensional constructs, and are conceived as wall-mounted sculptures or reliefs.