KOICHI YAMAMOTO

Koichi Yamamoto learned lithography at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon 1992 then move to Krakow, Poland for producing works and to study copper engravings in Bratislava Academy of Fine Arts in Slovakia Republic. He was a student at Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland and then completed MFA at University of Alberta, Canada in 1999. He also worked as a textile designer in Fredericia, Denmark.

Koichi's prints explore issues of the sublime, memory, and atmosphere. He has exhibited internationally. He has taught at Utah State University and University of Delaware and currently an Associate Professor at University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

 

Artist Statement:  TWO HALVES

An arbitrary decision remains uninteresting until it happens twice.

When it comes to organizing, I usually group things according to similar function. For example, on my kitchen shelves I keep plates on the bottom with bowls stacked on top. Cups obtain a more unique placement to recognize the difference in purpose. I assume this is not an unusual practice throughout the domestic kitchen world. I find both comfort and curiosity in these types of human behavior.

This graphic images is made from intaglio plate, specifically copper engravings. The five hundred year old method slows down the image making process - a sixteenth century standard. Engaging in the journey of production provides an opportunity to discover significance in a series of arbitrary decisions.

Printing these images bisymmetrically they gain some resemblance to faces. Generally, the basic qualification of "face" requires two eyes and one mouth. This simple triangular composition of three elements is in many ways the foundation of visual communication. I find an interest in the unlimited possibilities of these combinations and expressions.

Four bisymmetrical images have been printed and collaged. Expressions are mixed sometimes becoming hidden artistic simulacrum.