Prompted by the Japanese concept of Ma – a consciousness of the dynamic between mass and void, Spanish photographer Xavier Comas rode multiple elevators in Tokyo photographing his fellow passengers in situ. Shooting in black & white, Comas discovered the appearance of an extra dimension in a purportedly insignificant non-place. These abstract photographs reveal a relationship between the tangible and intangible, akin to a portal to other worlds. The exhibition SIX incorporates prints and video projection.
Xavier Comas (Barcelona 1970) A fine arts graduate of the University of Barcelona, he relies on chance to create his works, using photography accompanied with writing to illustrate the bonds he builds with people and places.
Comas’ work has been published and exhibited in Europe and Asia, as well as being featured by prominent magazines throughout the world. The Singapore Art Museum exhibited his installation ‘Pasajero’ in 2009 and acquired his ‘Jiutamai’ series as a permanent collection. His work ‘Tokyo up, down’, a random photographic exploration in elevators, was exhibited at the Noorderlicht Photofestival 2011 and by the Museum of Estonian Architecture in Tallinn, Estonia.
His most notable work to date, ‘The House of the Raja’,has been widely exhibited and is now published as a book, his first both as photographer and writer.