For his exhibition GLASS at Kominek Gallery (Berlin), Yokota juxtaposes his sensitive studies of the nude body, his cold landscapes and his quixotic interior rooms with the condition of a new and precious materiality in which his photographic image is printed on glass. Light, emulsion (skin) and subject interweave a new paradigm in which the focus of Yokota’s lens is given a status of object over that of the normal photographic print. We may think of the works as prismatic and perhaps even dangerous should their form shift and crack or break. Surface is prevalent in many of Yokota’s works as is abstraction. In working with glass, Yokota is determined to make the surface of his work even more integral to his normal process creating a very special and jewel-like art form in which its precious state must be observed lest it be given over to its dangerous and cutting potential. Glass like skin is compressed by time, its condition precipice on the notion that its qualities are at all times exposed and present to the external world in which it must survive, flourish and proceed.
Brad Feuerhelm April, 2019