With the chaos of Frieze London and Masters about to descend upon London, it’s easy to forget that life does exist outside the Frieze bubble. Shinro Ohtake’s new and old works, on show at the Parasol Unit, give us something to consider going off-schedule for. With an extensive and innovative body of work, the exhibition will highlight key periods of the artist’s practice over the last 30 years. There’s a particular focus on his Time Memory and Retina series, pieces that have established Ohtake as one of the most important voices in contemporary art.
Film is an integral component of Ohtake’s process, and this show offers a rare chance for a British audience to view the Japan-based artist's work with moving image. Featuring pieces that exemplify the artist’s multidisciplinary skill, it’s hard to pick out a highlight. Particularly compelling are works that spotlight Ohtake’s aptitude for cutting and pasting. Much of Ohtake’s work makes use of images, found objects and scraps discarded from contemporary culture, often referencing underground music scenes. In 1977 the artist began an ongoing series of scrapbooks – he’s completed over 60, and each is an elaborate process often involving paint, essentially becoming a sculptural entity. Over ten of the scrapbooks are on show. Also in the line-up are brand new films by the artist, which sit nicely next to the imposing scrapbooks. This is the perfect exhibition for Ohtake fans, long-lived and new.
Shinro Ohtake’s work is on show at Parasol Unit until 12 November 2014.