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Anne Kagioka Rigoulet. 'Reflection c-11', 2018, oil and mixed media, 30x30cm
Sakurado Fine Arts is pleased to present ‘A Moment of Immersion’, the Kamakura-based artist, Anne Kagioka Rigoulet’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery. This exhibition features twelve new works from her ongoing series, ‘Reflection’, which depicts the reflection of water. Unlike the rich color palette of her previous works, the presented works are rendered in black and white. Here, the absence of color serves to purify and to deepen Kagioka’s continuing interest in capturing the ephemeral moment when a familiar landscape transforms into an abstract vision.
Having trained in oil painting and mural décor in Japan and France, Kagioka incorporates in her practice a unique painting style that explores and transcends the boundaries between two-dimensional and three-dimensional, abstraction and representation, visible and invisible. ‘Reflection’ takes cropped photographic images of water reflections, and transforms them into complex abstract imagery by applying multiple layers of fabric, sand, and paint, which are then scraped off the surface to reveal the layer beneath. Kagioka’s work is thus the outcome of repeated construction and erosion, distortion and compression, which create an intricate sculptural space within the surface of the painting. The images are freed from their narrative context, geographic reference, the passage of time, and instead emerge as crystallizations of the rhythm, color and form of water. In her new works, the interplay of these basic compositional elements is intensified by the subtle variations of the monochromatic color scheme, inviting us to take a moment to immerse ourselves in the infinite undulation of the pictorial space.
Left: Daido Moriyama, Untitled (from Passage), 1989-99, Polaroid, 10.8 x 8.9 cm / Right: Daido Moriyama, Untitled (from Bye-bye Polaroid), 2008, Polaroid, 10.2 x 10.2 cm
Sakurado Fine Arts Paris is pleased to announce our solo exhibition of Daido Moriyama, 'Reminiscence'. The show features twenty Polaroids from 'Passage' and 'Bye-bye Polaroid', saturated with the melancholic beauty of life at its most ordinary. While Moriyama is best known for his extremely provocative work from the 60s and 70s, 'Reminiscence' invites you along a quieter path of his career.
At an early stage, Moriyama defied the traditional codes of photography by capturing Tokyo’s hidden aspects using an approach both brutal and lyrical. As he wanders through the city, his camera an extension of his very own arm, Moriyama presses the shutter instinctively, without the use of the viewfinder. The captured images are rough, blurry and out of focus, reflecting the city and its inhabitants’ eagerness to find a new self-definition as they grapple with rapid modernization and the breakdown of traditional Japanese values.
However, Moriyama’s body of work is not only concerned with high-contrast images and gritty subjects, but also with a plainer and more centered investigation of everyday life. Polaroid, which enabled instantly visible images to become a reality, was a medium Moriyama continued to use for many years. Completely untouched by editing or manipulation, Moriyama’s Polaroids are unique pieces that embrace the nostalgic aspect of the medium, while rendering a softer, more personal view of the city.
The monochrome images capturing four popular districts of Tokyo in the series, 'Passage' (1989-99), seem to reflect an apocalyptic world, whereas 'Bye-bye Polaroid' (2008) pays homage to the medium itself, having been created in the same year that the production of instant film ceased. Exhibited together, the two Polaroid series quietly portray the changing scenery and the unchanging aspects of Tokyo - snapshot records of time, reminiscence, and the familiar streets to which Moriyama repeatedly returned.
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