Pages is in the heart of the media district. Across the street from CityTV and
speakers corner, Banks, thriving restaurants and coffee chains. If he sees potential
in a proposal he likes, but it seems lacking in the issues of his unique location,
street scale or noise, he will provide constructive input. Take his last showing
"Everybody Loves you" by Daisuke Takeya. A fun and compelling multimedia
piece and just by happy co-incidence, an appropriate Valentine's day presence.
A native of Japan, Daisuke often struggled with the feelings of isolation and
insult he felt while living in America, as people repeatedly struggled and massacred
his name- Daisuke when mispronounced roughly translates as "I love you".
A talented painter and videographer, he began to explore the tension and in
particular the gap of space between personal knowledge and expression, motion
and stillness, private and public, flat and 3 dimensional form. The result was
a series diptych paintings of lifelike but expressionless close up portraits
and distant skylines, to be installed with juxtaposed video loops of talking
heads and remote New York City skylines. He wanted an opportunity to publicize
his upcoming show at the Christopher Cutts gallery and actually had hoped to
enlist more volunteers from the public for his ongoing video installation.
Window display art is not new to him. Since the cost of land is at a premium and gallery space limited, young Japanese artists have adapted and adopted the commercial venues of Tokyo's TV appliance shops leading to the rise of the current animation pop art craze. He had seen Pages' window and saw its open access possibilities. He approached Marc and together they tweaked his original proposal elements to match the chaos of the street. They both recognized the inherent difference in visual scale over the installation's originally intended gallery space and this new public view. The first element that meets your eye and shouts out at you, is a large pulsating red screen which was added to cover the window space and bleed together the gap between the different image components and focus the viewer's eye.
Two small video monitors project outward at eye level. They show talking heads of every race and sex mouthing the words "I love you" while below; an oversized volume metre registers the positive or negative"sound" value that the words make. I laughed out loud. The reference to these little vague manipulative and overused words seemed a good poke at the Valentine couples dotting the sidewalk. As I stood there, I counted at least 4 couples who stopped to encounter the piece. Some shook their heads; some played with it as they tried to figure out if they had some control over the sound or meters. In any case, it clearly engaged them. Noting the artist's name and number neatly displayed in the corner of the window's red banner, I left this piece with a smile on my face and the determination to answer his call for more volunteers.
Above: Daisuke Takeya 'Everybody Loves You' video installation, Pages
Below: Painting from Christopher Cutts Gallery exhibition