Takehito Koganezawa, 'Untitled', 2018 (crop)

Melbourne's relatively new Buxton Contemporary Gallery has opened a new exhibition, The Garden of Forking Paths which brings together for the first time the distinctive practices of Melbourne-based artist Mira Gojak and Tokyo-based artist, Takehito Koganezawa, in one show. The first in an annual series of international exhibitions at Buxton, the exhibition seeks to provide global context to contemporary Australian art.

The exhibition finds points of connection and divergence in the work of these two renowned artists, with large scale installations and more intimate works connecting their practices across both floors of the museum.

The Garden of Forking Paths takes its name from the modernist Argentine writer, Jorge Luis Borges’ intricate and magical short story from 1941. Part philosophy, part science fiction and part riddle, Borges’ story is a richly multidimensional text that conjures co-existent but dynamically shifting realms of time and space.

The exhibition traces two very different timeframes, durations and approaches to making art. Australian artist Mira Gojak presents new work alongside drawings, sculptures, installations and photographs spanning more than twenty years, while the practice of her Japanese counterpart, Takehito Koganezawa is represented by specially-made performative video drawings and new improvisational works with a sampling of earlier works on paper. The exhibition is curated by Shihoko Iida, Chief Curator of the Aichi Triennale 2019 and Melissa Keys, Curator of Buxton Contemporary in collaboration with the artists.

“Both artists lyrically register the fluid instabilities of existence and consciousness—shifting gravities interspersed with moments of weightlessness, the flux and passage of time, and the very elemental processes of growth, entropy and decay. Observing the affinities, differences, overlapping and divergent impulses that link and separate Gojak and Koganezawa’s work, The Garden of Forking Paths seeks to enter into the evocative, multiple parallel possibilities, realities and territories that they each poetically create," Curators Shihoko Iida and Melissa Keys say.

Mira Gojak lives and works in Melbourne. She studied Science, Psychology and Zoology at the University of Adelaide, before completing a Bachelor of Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1992. Mira has had numerous solo and group exhibitions across Australia and her work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia, Artbank, etc. Takehito Koganezawa lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. He has exhibited extensively across Asia, Europe and North America and works with video, drawing, installation and performance. Takehito’s practice is represented in museum, private and corporate collections internationally including in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. All of his works share a poetic approach to everyday occurrences and observation, an engagement with time and the void, as well as an underlying musicality.

Catch The Garden of Forking Paths at the Buxton Contemporary Gallery this summer!


Dates: 7 November to 17 February 2019

Location: Buxton Contemporary Gallery - Dodds St & Southbank Blvd, Southbank.

Times: Wed to Sun 11am to 5pm, Thursday 11am to 8pm Cost: Free Buxton Contemporary Gallery Website