Artist Blog

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Go Itami

Jun 27, 2016 - Daniel Everett

In recent years I’ve been spending a lot of time in Tokyo and I’ve been amazed by the work being produced there. More than just the art itself, I’ve been impressed by the general attitude toward image making. One example of this is Go Itami. To me, Itami’s work represents an unapologetic approach to photography as seeing. The work feels complex in the mood and atmosphere it creates, but it also feels free and has a remarkable energy. Despite the strides photography has made in the contemporary art world, too often it feels relegated to simply being a tool used to illustrate concepts. There is an unspoken disregard for photography’s ability to emote and an insistence that photography constantly explain itself at every turn. This leads to an overabundance of prescriptive work burdened by the overly cautious logic of its own making. I appreciate that this work does not do that. Itami’s work feels open in the best way.