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ONE ON ONE

Song-Ming Ang on 

Yamashita and Kobayashi

MAI YAMASHITA and NAOTO KOBAYASHI, When I Wish Upon a Star, 2004–06, video installation, 2 min. 

Courtesy Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Tokyo.

There is a magical pull in the consciously modest art of Mai Yamashita and Naoto Kobayashi. I believe it’s because their works are never prescriptive or didactic, but are purposeful in their lightness.

My first encounter with their work was in late 2010, when I received a booklet about the current residents of the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, where I was going to be…

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