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Artist's Opening Reception: Jacqueline Hassink at Benrubi Gallery
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Artist's Opening Reception:  Jacqueline Hassink at Benrubi Gallery

When: 3/26/2015 - 5/9/2015

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Jacqueline Hassink: View, Kyoto


Exhibition Dates:  March 26 - May 9, 2015


Artist's Opening Reception: 

Thursday, March 26  

6:00 - 8:00 PM



Jacqueline Hassink's View, Kyoto is a remarkable series of photographs of Kyoto's Zen Buddhist temples and gardens. Japan's capital from 794 to 1868, Kyoto is home to some 1,600 temples, each with its own garden. Over the course of a decade (2004 - 2014) Hassink photographed 34 locations throughout the seasons.


Hassink's images are suffused with the unique appeal of Japanese architecture and landscape even as they create their own aesthetics. Temple design is scaled to the 1:2 ratio of the tatami, itself ordered to the size of a human body. Hassink's lens brings out this human point of view, her camera positioned as if the viewer were now standing, now seated on a mat; poised at a threshold or located on the veranda between temple and garden. The composition of the photographs is as carefully considered as the sacred spaces they reveal, highlighting the balanced yet never static interplay between interior and exterior spaces in temple design. The rigidity of the temple's lines and angles is played off against the softer garden forms seen through open doors or unglazed window. The perception is one of division between human and nature or terrestrial and divine, it soon becomes one of continuity between two realms, where neither is wholly constructed or found, rather both are mutually reliant.  - Benrubi Press Release


To learn more about this exhibition or view the works online, please visit Benrubi Gallery


Image Information:

Jacqueline Hassink  

Hosen in 1 Summer, Northeast Tokyo

29 June 2004, (16:00 - 17:30)

© Hassink/Courtesy of Benruby Gallery 

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