Agematsu, Yuji - ZIP: 01–01–14…12–31–14 exhibition catalog

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Yuji Agematsu.
ZIP: 01–01–14…12–31–14.

Artspeak, Thea Westreich Wagner/Ethan Wagner Publications, and Yale Union, 2015.
368 pages. 
Text in English. 

Very good. 
Dust jacket has minor creasing and wear. 
Book has minor bumping to bottom spine. 

*Not Present: 48 page facsimile of the notes Agematsu keeps to map when and where these objects were encountered.*

ZIP: 01–01–14…12–31–14 is an annual. It records, in photographs, one year of a work Yuji Agematsu has been making since the mid 1990s. To accomplish this work, Agematsu takes daily walks and drops what he finds into the cellophane wrapper from a cigarette pack. 

“It must be a difficult step for any artist to decide to work with trash, to take it, with all its rigid contrivances, folly, and lapses in taste, at all seriously. But Agematsu overthrows the genre with his free-wheeling conception, facility, and ingenious, almost childlike, love of contradiction. Precise and superabundant, deadly serious and ebullient, filthy and dignified, Agematsu exposes us to these opposites, and if he wishes to make something black, to also confront beauty. He never fails to be in awe of the sense of mystery that attaches itself to the particulars of things. it is this awe and his facility that keep this work from being yet another example of de-contextualization, which received its awkward name in the late twentieth century and was a fixture of that century’s visual culture. Burial masks decorate orthopedics’ waiting rooms, airplane propellers on display in coffee shops—these are familiar forms of the practice of taking something from where it belongs and putting it where it doesn’t belong, to be merely observed.” [Yale Union]

Yuji Agematsu was born in 1956 in Kanagawa, Japan. Since 1980 he has lived in Brooklyn, New York, where he collects, arranges, and archives discarded things from the street. He studied with Tokio Hasegawa, a member of the Japanese experimental music group the Taj Mahal Travellers, as well as the American jazz drummer and percussionist Milford Graves.