Photographic Universe

Image: Kenta Cobayashi, Photographic Universe (detail), 2020.




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Kenta Cobayashi’s photographic work is made up of two critical processes: capturing, and manipulating. A lifetime spent online and playing computer games has primed the Japanese artist to see the potential of image manipulation—a common digital activity—as an artistic tool, an opportunity “to touch this world and build rich communication with it.”

Cobayashi uses the ‘smudge’ tool of Photoshop, the tool used to drag the image “as if making a brushstroke on paint.” The effect imbues the image with a giddy, ethereal sense of movement, suspending all questions around where photography ends and processing begins.

Commissioned by Photo Australia and the Metro Tunnel Creative Program for PHOTO 2021

On display from 18 February 2021

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