We are pleased to announce a solo exhibition of Toshiyuki Nanjo. This show will be the Tokyo-based photographic artist’s first solo exhibition to be held outside his home country, though he has already shown his work extensively in Korea at group shows up to this time.
Nanjo’s approach to photography is abstinent and stoic but at the same time quite beautiful aesthetically. Using his exquisite skills and techniques, he controls the element of chance, while paying a great deal of attention to the very fundamental nature and functions of human vision and the characteristics of photography.
In this exhibition, Nanjo will present his recent works from the series titled “suns.” As the title suggests, in this group of works he captures and present the image of the sun, but always as reflection on water surface. With meticulously controlled exposure time, the sunlight reflection creates a picture-like image; sometimes linear and circling; sometimes explosive; sometimes like a galaxy or a nebulae.
Knowing it is the sun reflected on water surface, we are tempted to say that there we see the sun. But is it true? The sun actually is outside the picture frame; the sun is behind you. But the sunlight is all around, as though the plural form of the word alludes to its omnipresence. And after all, what we see in his work is just a sheet of photographic paper with an “image” of the sun and water printed over it. Nanjo’s work provides us with a platform ? a very beautiful platform, that is ? from which we can start again asking questions about our vision, perception, understanding, and imagination.
This exhibition is planned and organized by HRD Fine Art and takes place at independent alternative space Space O'NewWall in Seoul.
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