Yuji Agematsu is a kind of chronicler of our times and, moreover, he can be considered an experimental cartographer and archivist of only seemingly petty findings from the streets of his hometown. An urban flaneur, Agematsu has taken daily walks through the streets of New York ever since he moved there from Japan in the early 1980s. On this daily routine, which has now been part of his artistic practice for more than a quarter-century, he picks up and scrutinizes litter that attracts his attention—bits of paper, gum, scraps of plastic bags or wrappers, a feather, in short: otherwise overlooked evidence of the hustle and bustle of city life. If found worth collecting, he drops the find into a cellophane sleeve of a cigarette packet (a container the artist names “zips”) and notes date, time and exact location of the item’s discovery in a small diary.
Yuji Agematsu, born in 1956 in Kanagawa, Japan, lives and works in New York.
Yuji Agematsu. 2020
26 Mar 2021 - 20 Jun 2021
Yuji Agematsu, zip: 01.05.20 … 31.05.20, 2020, Ausstellungsansicht / exhibition view Secession 2021, Photo: Sophie Thun