Lesley University presents installation and video exhibition by Japanese artist Rinko Kawauchi | Opening September 4, 2014
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Kawauchi, who has gained international recognition for her nuanced, lushly colored images that offer closely observed fragments of everyday life, shifts her attention from the micro to the macro in “Ametsuchi.”
Translated loosely as “Song of the Universe,” Ametsuchi brings together images of distant constellations and tiny figures lost within landscapes, as well as traditional-style photographs of controlled-burn farming (noyaki) in which the cycles of cultivation and recovery span decades and generations. Punctuating the series are images of Buddhist rituals and other religious ceremonies — a suggestion of other means by which humankind has traditionally attempted to transcend time and memory.
"Rinko Kawauchi's color photography is known primarily through the sixteen beautifully designed and printed books of her images. ‘Ametsuchi,’ first published by Aperture in 2013, has now been transformed by the artist into a large scale installation of stunning photographs and video that offer us an entirely new way of experiencing and exploring her work," says Curator Bonnell Robinson, director of exhibitions at Lesley University and a professor at Lesley’s College of Art and Design. “We are excited and delighted to be the Boston venue for this exhibition.”
The show’s title is comprised of two Japanese characters meaning “heaven and earth,” and is taken from the title of one of the oldest pangrams in Japanese—a chant in which each character of the Japanese syllabary is used.
“Ametsuchi: An installation and video by Rinko Kawauchi” is free and open to the public. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Main Gallery. The gallery hours are: Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.
Rinko Kawauchi was born in Shiga, Japan, in 1972 and began her career as an artist by publishing her work in her own photography books and has 17 publications to date. She has received the prestigious “Kimura Ihei Award” for two of her books and most recently published “Light and Shadow” and "Ametsuchi.”
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