October 16 – November 28, 2015
MICHAEL KENNA – Forms of Japan
Artist Reception + Book Signing: November 5th, 6-8pm
The photographs in this exhibition were selected from Michael’s extensive body of work crafted in Japan. His mysterious photographs, often made at dawn or in the dark hours of night, concentrate primarily on the interaction between the ephemeral atmospheric conditions of the natural landscape, and human-made structures and sculptural mass. Kenna is a diurnal and nocturnal photographer, fascinated by times of day when light is at its most pliant. With night time exposures of up to ten hours, his photographs often record details that the human eye is not able to perceive.
The prints on our walls are also reproduced in Michael’s latest publication, Forms of Japan, Prestel Publishing, October 2015. The monograph is broken up into 5 sections – Sea, Land, Trees, Spirit, Sky – and is a retrospective of the almost 30 year Kenna has been photographing in Japan. Signed copies of the book will be available on November 5th.
Kenna’s work has been shown in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions throughout the world, and has been collected by over eighty museums, including: The Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; The Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The National Gallery, Washington, D.C.; The Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; & Seattle Art Museum.
Over thirty-five books and catalogs have been published on Kenna’s work, including; In Japan ( Prestel 2015) France (Nazraeli, 2014) Michael Kenna – A Twenty Year Retrospective (Treville, 1994 and Nazraeli Press 2000); The Rouge (Ram, 1995); Le Notre’s Gardens (Ram, 1997); Impossible to Forget (Marval and Nazraeli Press, 2001); Japan (Nazraeli Press and Treville Editions, 2003); Retrospective Two (Nazraeli Press and Treville Editions, 2004); Hokkaido (Nazraeli Press 2006); Mont St Michel (Nazraeli Press 2007); Huangshan (Nazraeli Press 2010); and Shinan (Nazraeli Press 2013).
In 2013, Michael was chosen as the Hae-sun Lee Photography Award prizewinner by the Photographic Artist Association of Korea. And in 2001, Kenna was made a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the Ministry of Culture in France.
Michael Kenna has been represented by G. Gibson Gallery since the gallery opened in 1991, and this exhibit marks our 16th solo exhibition. Michael was born in Widnes, England in 1953, he currently lives with his family in Seattle, Washington.