and other recent work
Exhibition Dates: October 26 - November 30, 2012
Reception with the Artist:
Friday, November 2
6:00 - 8:00 pm
One could say that the artist Takeshi Shikama has spent a lifetime embracing new things. Though he dedicated most of his life to a career in design he turned to photography about a decade ago and didn't look back. His work has exhibited internationally in Japan, Europe, and the United States. Another new discover for Takeshi was an interest in nature, and the forest. A city-dweller he did not spend much of his life in nature, and perhaps it was his camera that inspired him to walk with more careful, attentive steps into the woods. The impact they have made on his life is evident in his work- and the images of the quiet elegant forests of Japan. The spirit of the forest comes alive in his prints that root in the tradition of forest detail, as seen in works by the artists Eliot Porter and Paul Caponigro. Rather than attempt to absorb the whole, Takeshi alludes to it through detail. It is the surprising little pieces that make his experience and our viewing come alive. We engage with curiosity and a sense of discovery and have the sense that we too are walking the forest paths.
The quality of the hand applied, platinum and palladium emulsion prints, on hand-made Japanese Gampi paper is unmatched. Lush, rich, and begging for us to approach to appreciate the fine detail of surface- even the printing choice is a perfect fit for the work.
For more information on the exhibition, please visit Alan Klotz Gallery