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Artist's Reception: Michael Kenna at Joseph Bellows Gallery

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 16, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

New and Classic Images

Exhibition Dates: July 21 - September 8, 2012

Reception with the Artist:
Saturday, July 21
6:00 - 9:00 pm


Michael Kenna has traveled the world capturing idyllic views. Known for his quality of light and tone that invest an air of awe and splendor to the frames, Kenna's work is more than a representation of place. These are holistic representations- placeandatmosphere. The quality of the images is achieved through long exposure in morning or evening light that produces a softening effect and a look that encourages us to linger, even daydream. We want to wander. There is a stillness to the square format frames that holds us, drawing us in in first out of pure delight and fascination then quietly and with more reverence. We sense the space around us- we hear, we feel, we watch. Weather saturated with inhabitants as his cityscapes or void of figure in empty fields there is always a hint of humanity- a trace of light, a footstep, a bridge, or a fainter clue still like reference to man's hand on a straight tree-line in the foggy distance. We feel an unmistakable presence in the void. This reference to the human element haunts as it invites, and as viewers we sink deeper into a looking trance.

This exhibition will feature new and classic images with work from Japan, a series of particular balanced elegance, in the Atrium.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Joseph Bellows Gallery

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