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REVIEWS

NEW YORK

James Cohan Gallery

Hiraki Sawa

Figment

HIRAKI SAWA, Lineament, 2012, Dual-channel HD video with audio. Copyright the artist. Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York / Shanghai.


A long, low instrumental note—reminiscent of those played to allow an orchestra to tune to concert pitch—signals the start of Lineament (2012), a black-and-white, audiovisual installation by Hiraki Sawa. Two large screens mounted on adjacent walls display different aspects of the same narrative: a lone man in an apartment room interacting with a surreal sequence of animated objects. This installation is the focal point of “Figment,”…

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