AKI TANAKA Solo Exhibition (2/3 ~ 2/29)


On View:  Friday, February 3 – Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 4, at 2:30 pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, February 4, at 3:00 pm
Speech by: Aki Tanaka x Edward Chiu (ph D)
Place: 1839 Little Gallery [location]

Sunshine Volition
The sun is the source of life and it gives me hope, happiness, future, and the joy to live.  The time I spend doing photography while basking in the light of the sun is important and necessary for me in order to come face to face with myself and establish a relationship with myself “now”.  The memories that are summoned up by taking photographs in the warm sunshine invoke to me a future filled with hope.

I take photographs imagining that perhaps I can transcribe something that was invisible to the eye into the film holding the images of the sun’s light. For example, fragrance, timbre, wind, heat, temperature, warmth, joy, pleasure, sadness ,fear, worry, anger, pain, comfort, or vertigo, are transmitted from the various waves all around us.

To consciously erase block out, squelch, suppress the world that is limited to that which can be confirmed by the eye.  To release myself from the knowledge or values I learned in the process of growing up.  To find pleasure in an original scene or view that I come upon by looking exclusively at the sun’s light.  To make a statement by taking the waves that come into me through my five senses and transform them into a different set of waves that correspond to the emotions that come from within me.  To record on film the waves that emit from me by way of the light of the sun.

Perhaps the entire process procedure is based on a fallacy However I very much like this time that ?evokes ?hope through the power of the imagination.
The sky over Japan, in 2011, appears to me different now.   Indeed there is no national boundary in the sun.

Sunshine Volition by Aki Tanaka

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Taipei Int’l Book Fair (A801)

Taipei International Book Fair
Word Trade Center Hall I, Booth A801
2/01 (Wed) ~ 02/06 (Mon)

Taipei Int'l Book Fair (A801)

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2012 Chinese New Year Celebration

Thank you for all your continued support ~
Because of your encouragement, we are not alone in the road of developing photography education ~
Because of our professional, our artists won worldwide recognition and keep going to international stage.

Like every year we continue curating photographic exhibition from the world’s best photographers.  We wish you a very happy and prosperous 2012 new year (a year of Dragon) ~

All the best to you,
1839 Contemporary Gallery

2012 Chinese New Year Celebration

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2011 Year-End Holidays

2011 Year-End Holidays

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Group Exhibition – the world of photography

Present the artworks from who’s who in the world of photography – to collect photography is to collect the world….

Group Artists|Andre Kertesz、Betsy Cameron、Bud Fraker、Consuelo Kanaga、Edward Steichen、Elliott Erwitt、Herb Ritts、Horst、Jerry N. Uelsmann、John Chan、Joyce Tenneson、Lauren Greenfield、Man Ray、Paul Huf、Philippe Halsman、Richard Avedon、Robert Mapplethorpe、Sandy Skoglund、Tom Baril、Yousuf Karsh etc.

COLLECTION PRICE (special offer during the exhibition):
NTD 399 for each;  NTD 1,000 for  any other 3 sets of the works;  

group artists from the world photography

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American Modern Photo Exhibition (12/17-1/31)

On View|Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 ~ Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Reception and Talk|Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 at 14:30 & 15:00 ~
Speech by | Dr. Chiu, Edward (Tung Fang Design University, Graduate Institute of Cultural & Creative Design, Assistant Professor)
Venue|1839 Contemporary Gallery  [Tel: (02) 2778 8458]
※ free admission

American Modern Photo Exhibition at 1839 Contemporary Gallery

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Feb-Exhibition announcement

HAPPY 2012 CHINESE NEW YEAR (a year of Dragon)
American Modern Photo Exhibition (Edward Steichen, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams) till 31st of January;
Taipei International Book Fair (Word Trade Center Hall I, Booth A801)  2/1 (Wed) ~ 2/6 (Mon)
Aki Tanaka Solo Exhibition 2/3 (Fri) ~ 2/29 (Wed)
Japan Modern Photo Exhibition (Hiroshi Sugimoto, Nobuyoshi Araki, Daido Moriyama etc) 2/10 (Fri) ~ 3/25 (Sun)

 Feb Photo Exhibition

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Apply exhibition at 1839 Little Gallery (1st half-year 2012)

 Application for emerging artists

1839 Little Gallery provides a chance to the emerging artists/photographers for showcasing their work with a public environment. All applicants from individual, students, group, society organization etc are welcome to apply.

To apply the exhibition in 1st half-year of 2012 (deadline by June 30, 2012), exhibiton from now till June,  please fill the application form include your name, contact details, a short c.v. or description of your work and 100 – 150 words on why you would like to participate.

 Please send details and requst to info@1839cg.com

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Ayano Sudo Exhibition (10.22-12.04)

On View:  Saturday, October 22 – Sunday, December 4, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 22 at 2:30 pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, October 22 at 3:00 pm
Speech by: Ayano Sudo x Edward Chiu (ph D)

Ayano Sudo Exhibition (10.22-12.04)

 that cause that guy isn’t human butsome kind of goodish Japanese hottie from another world

(by Ayano Sudo, 2011)
When I am looking through a viewfinder, I look at not only optical things but also sparkling something. 
I have an inner lens filter in my heart which I call “sparkled filter”.
When I found charming someone who has androgynous image, I watched him or her with” sparkled filter”.  In the moment, I feel like I’m in sweet love.

I would like to sublimate that feeling into my work.
I use a lot of KIRAKIRA (sparkling) things for surface of cotton paper.
That is Photoshop brushes, glitters, ramps, Swarovski line stones.

KIRAKIRA comes from 70’s manga style for girls in Japan.
Even now, these images are influencing on many things.
Especially PURIKURA (instant photo sticker) and fashion magazine for teenager girls.

When you saw my portrait of a pretty girl, actually she is a boy. 
I treat androgynous images of boys and girls, because they are so charming for me.
after taking them a photograph, the boy would be girl and the girl would be a boy, boy would be a boy….If you are confused, you already fall in my love….maybe.

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Wu, Chun-Yi Photo Exhibition (9.9-9.21)

Reflections of Miyako by Chun Yi Wu

On View:  September 9 – September 21, 2011
Opening Reception: September 11 (Sunday) 2:00 pm
place: 1839 Little Gallery   [Location] 

Reflections of Miyako

In November, 2010, I was in Kyoto. I paid a visit to Miyagawacho one day prior to the end of the trip. Strolling through narrow alleys when the curtain of night dropped down, I watched the lantern cast dim light on the door plank of Machiya (traditional wooden townhouses found throughout Japan) as if I were returning back to good old days. While casually taking a walk, I heard a clacking sound of geta (Japanese wooden footwear) made by someone stepping on the pavement laid with flagstones around the street corner ahead of me. An elegant geisha dressed in elaborate kimono appeared. “Konbanwa (Good Evening)!” I greeted her. Although her hasty steps implied that she was hurriedly on her way, the geisha gracefully leaned to make a bow and smilingly replied, “Konbanwa.”  

That was the most impressive serendipity to me. Even though I failed to catch such a beautiful moment with my camera which was placed in my backpack, the scene from my memory remained vivid. During the days when I traveled around Kyoto, some unexpected episodes occurred in such a flash that my camera could not catch in time. Those that I failed to photograph would be kept deep inside my heart. I would like to share with you those precious moments luckily photographed by me in this exhibition.  

In the past few years, I visited Kyoto and its surrounding areas in different seasons, centering my photography on themes such as gardens, old shrines, geisha, and flowers. I tried to catch the beauty of Kyoto by photographing what I experienced and appreciated. The distinctiveness of Kyoto has been often put into words. Without words, I found it challenging to convey my feelings and emotions, either tangible or intangible, by means of photography integrated with my own views. To gain superiority in both time and space and to probe into the essence of this city, I did my best to prolong my visit in Kyoto and tried not to hurry on my way so that I could slow down my footsteps and enjoyed my stroll around this enchanting city.  

In the process of photography, I not only made reservations and arrived at some scenic spots ahead of time, but also paid a visit to a couple of little known places by referring to information offered by local seniors. What impressed to me most was a sense of tranquility I felt during those days in Arashiyama when I entered Tenryu-ji earlier than other tourists. Daybreak had not yet come, and all sounds were hushed. I alone savored the scarce moment in the washitsu (a Japanese-style room) where no one else but me was there, cautiously got my camera ready, and waited for the sunrise to come.

In my early trips to Kyoto, this city was somewhat unfamiliar to me. But with the increase in my visits to Kyoto, my feelings for it has gradually become intimate and close. My affection for Kyoto never changes even if I always discovered in this ancient city brand new faces and colors different from what I have already known. There are far more themes for me to explore, and my life of photography sentimentally attached to and inspired by Kyoto carries on.

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