TOKYO by Paul Kooiker

Published by artbeat publishers & Art Paper Editions (2017)
236 Pages, 21 x 28 cm, Paperback, Edition of 1,200
ISBN: 978-9-490800-58-1

During Kooiker’s short residency in Tokyo, photo session with local female models took place. Later on, in the process of working on this series Kooiker downsized the image to a square format, shifting the focus to the model’s bottom, while he kept labouring on and experimenting with this basic image in Photoshop. For Tokyo, Kooiker selected 106 from several hundreds of images. The book presents the widest array of possible variations on a theme. While images represent his artistic ambitious approach and inspiration from the city, Kooiker pushed photography to its very outer limits. Kooiker has travelled the dual track of image abstraction and obsessive repetition of a single digital cliché, thereby permitting himself ultimate freedom. It resulted in a high-spirited picture volume, devoid of any narrative editing, walking the line between art catalogue and artist’s book.