Thomas Demand

Thomas Demand
November 10 – December 8, 2007

Taka Ishii Gallery is pleased to announce our second exhibition with Berlin-based artist,
Thomas Demand. A selection of Demand’s recent solo exhibitions (2007) includes the
Fondazione Prada, Venice and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, as well as the
Serpentine Gallery, London (2006) and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2005).
Demand’s work has been featured in group exhibitions within Japan at the National
Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto / the National Museum of Art Osaka (2006) as well as
the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2005).

Demand, trained as a sculptor, creates editioned film and photographic works in which
sculptures, constructed from paper and cardboard, are presented in mediated form. With
one recent exception, Demand does not exhibit the sculptural constructions themselves;
but, rather, always re-presents the work as image. This process is analogous to Demand’s
initial choice of source material – a great deal of the image material on which the
artist bases his work is culled from the media; empty spaces in which current or past
events of cultural/political import are presented in an anonymous, simplified form.
While Demand does not hide the background behind each image, he is not forthcoming as
works are typically provided with relatively anonymous, literally descriptive titles
such as “Shed” and “Lightbox.”

The Taka Ishii Gallery exhibition will include the presentation of two recent 35mm films,
Yellowcake and Camera, as well as recent photographic works. “Yellowcake” is a direct
reference to an intermediate step in the processing of uranium ores, and an indirect
reference to an event in which material was obtained from the Embassy of the Republic of
Niger in Rome, subsequently used by the United States and Great Brittain in an attempt to
provide proof of the government of Iraq’s attempts to secure material for the creation
of so-called weapons of mass destruction. While past Demand work was based upon
photogrpahic source material, in this instance no photographic documentation existed and
Demand had to rely upon his memory following a visit to the embassy in preparation for
the constuction of the sculpture. In Yellowcake the film, an interior within the embassy
is pictured; the lights within the space are once turned on and then, a few minutes later,
turned off; this is all that occurs -visibly- within the space of nearly 6 minutes. The
exhibition will also include a photographic detail of the embassy interior
as well as an equally enigmatic image, “Shed” from 2006.

Taka Ishii Gallery

Taka Ishii Gallery

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