Jerry Takigawa doesn’t hit us over the head with preachy dialogue on the perils of plastics pollution in the artworks of “False Food.”
Rather, he connects us with the issue more subtly. Through their quiet cadence, Takigawa’s photographs provoke further inquiry into the context of the source materials used. What a paradox it is to discover that such beauty points to the devastation of our oceans caused by industrial civilization. The photographs of “False Food” communicate a sense of preciousness as art objects, as well as articulating the dearness of our natural resources. It is the Monterey Bay Aquarium that provides Takigawa with the plastic fragments he overlays on his photographs. These objects lead us to a backstory taking place in the North Pacific Ocean and in other water masses across the planet. The story gives us reason for universal pause.