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水谷吉法 COLORS - YUSURIKA
Mizutani Yoshinori COLORS - YUSURIKA

水谷吉法
COLORS - YUSURIKA
Mizutani Yoshinori
COLORS - YUSURIKA

9 April - 9 May 2016
Opening Reception 9 April 2016   3 p.m.
亦安畫廊北京
aura gallery beijing

COLORS
水谷吉法的作品將仿真的自然景象銜接上了老一輩的日式美學—-就儒同一座被修整美麗的花園坐落在了一片肆意生長的田野中。可以說,水谷吉法以他的攝影表達方式呈現給了我們另一個超真實的大自然,而這對於日本美學是有時代意義的。

YUSURIKA
Yusurika是一群生息在諸如池塘、小河這種淡水區域附近的小蟲,它們時常成群結隊地出現。在照相機閃光燈的拍攝下,Yusurika變成了白色的小光球,這是多麽奇妙啊,它們就像變成了這大自然中的精靈。

COLORS
Mizutani captures everyday scenes, which are nevertheless curious or strange, in vibrantly colored and graphically composed photographs. His second book collects images from the series “Colors,” which he shot focusing on color and forms and posted on Tumblr daily over four years. His style of intently focusing on the surface of his subjects brings various signs of contemporary society to light.

YUSURIKA – Artist Statement
Nature was always part of my childhood. Surrounded by mountains, with young leaves and flowers on the trees, fireflies around the creeks, red dragonflies flying over rice paddies, it turns into a silvery world when snow falls; a place with bountiful nature, that is where I grew up.

I moved to Tokyo when I was eighteen, and for almost ten years since then, I sincerely sought nature. I went to parks and rivers. I found myself in nature, pulled into it without realizing it. Perhaps I was unconsciously catching sight of my original landscape from childhood by facing nature. Or perhaps, it is only natural for us to seek nature.

As I conversed with and observed nature, I came across the buzzer midge, or yusurika in Japanese. Yusurikas inhabit freshwater areas such as rivers and ponds in groups, sometimes forming swarms. Reflecting the flash of the camera, each yusurika turns into a small white ball of light, and transforms into something fantastical, like fairies existing in the natural world.

To listen to the words of nature and capture them in photographs.
I believe I will continue to take myself to nature looking for its words.
I put the pure feelings from and for nature into these works.