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Title

Boot of shrimps


Artist

KON Michiko

Japan

1955 -


About

Kon is one of the leading contemporary photographers in Japan, whose idiosyncratic images combine the familiar shapes of everyday objects with the unfamiliar textures of raw food. The surreal images she thus creates not only break a taboo (of playing with food) but take the viewer into a realm of fantasy. Kon began photography as part of her training in printmaking at Tokyo's Sôkei School of Art, from which she graduated in 1978. By the 1980s she was exhibiting widely in Japan, Europe and the United States, and was awarded the prestigious Kimura Ihee Award in 1991. Concerning the 'texture' of her work, Kon recounts an incident on a train when she saw a properly dressed teenage girl suddenly and quite naturally begin licking the metal lock on the train window. Kon relates this bizarre behaviour to her own desire to capture the uncommon, the peculiar and the disconcerting in her photographs.

Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg. 285.


Details


Other Title

Boots of shrimps


Place where the work was made

Japan


Period

Heisei period 1989 - → Japan


Date

1995


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph


Edition

12/75


Dimensions

51.1 x 41.3 cm image; 60.7 x 50.8 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r. verso, pencil "Michiko Kon". Dated l.l. verso, pencil "1995".


Credit

Purchased 1995


Location

Not on display


Accession number

205.1995


Artist information

KON Michiko

Works in the collection

3


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 5 publications

Bibliography


Judy Annear, The Enigmatic Object, Sydney, 1997.

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Asian Collection: East Asia', pg. 246-287, Sydney, 1999, 285 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Photography', Sydney, 2003, 293 (illus.).

Public Programmes Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales and The Japan Foundation (Editors), Art speaks Japanese: Japanese language education kit from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2007, colour illus.. card no. 16

Jane Somerville, Look, 'The familiar made strange', Sydney, May 2007, 20 (illus.).