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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Wet Plate by Yang Wen-Ching (9.17-10.16)

Yang Wen-Ching Photo Exhibition

Yang Wen-Ching WET PLATE Photo Exhibition
On View: Saturday, September 17 – Sunday, October 16, 2011

Opening Reception:
Sat, September 17 at 2:30 pm
Artist Talk: Sat, September 17 at 3:00 pm
Speech by:Xiao, Yong-Sheng / Dr. Edward Chiu / Yang Wen-Ching

Wet plate collodion process, commonly known as glass film photography, was originated in 1851 by Fredrick Scott Archer (1813–1857), an Englishman who applied collodium to photography. In terms of cost, clarity and stability, the images produced by the wet plate method were superior to the daguerreotype or the calotype, which helped the wet plate technique become mainstream. From the process of producing the film base (light-sensitive layer) to shooting to developing, fixing and washing, all procedures must be done when the glass plate is wet, hence the name.

Strictly speaking, the works for this exhibition represent my first experience in wet plate collodion photography. They are images of still life, namely abandoned objects from our daily life. The characteristics of wet plate photography seem to have given them new vitality. No two wet plate photos are the same, as the coating of the light-sensitive layer, the temperature and processing vary from shot to shot. The unpredictability of the results of this type of photography is the biggest challenge, and also what makes it fascinating. In today’s digital world, this “craft” just might inspire a different way of thinking about images.

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HOMETWON by Atsushi Yoshie

Atsushi Yoshie Photo Exhibition
On View: Sat, August 6 – Sunday, September 11, 2011
Opening Reception: Sat, August 6 at 2:30 pm
Artist Talk: Sat, August 6 at 3:00 pm
Speech by:Atsushi Yoshie v.s. Dr. Edward Chiu

hometown by Atsushi Yoshie

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[Artist Talk] Dream of Trees

Dream of Trees (photograph by Wei-Chieh Huang) 
Opening Reception: July 16 (Sat) 2:30 pm
On View: July 15 – Aug 10, 2011
place: 1839 Little Gallery   [Location] 

Artist Talk [free of charge]
Wei-Chieh Huagn v.s. Chen Po-I

Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 3 p.m.

To reserve the seat for the lecture, please register here the booking system.

Artist Talk - Dream of Trees

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Dream of Trees – Wei-Chieh Huang

Dream of trees by Wei-Chieh Huang
On View: July 15 – Aug 10, 2011
Opening Reception: July 16 (Sat) 2:30 pm
place: 1839 Little Gallery   [Location] 

Wei-Chien Huang, born 1987 in Taiwan; one group exhibition in 2010; 2 person exhibitions in 2009 and 2011.  Currently a student of graduate school at “Institute of Nuclear Engineering and Science” in National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan.

Before contact with photography, I usually very concerned about fashion, and even today I am.  Besides fashion, I also am great interested in movies and rock music.  Fashion and music made a great impact during my studying and creative works in photography. 

It’s in touch my heart while viewing of many photographic artists where their works co-operation with fashion.  I spent a lot of time to do some thinking what the elements of those visual experiences are given to me.  That is the visual objects where the sharp presented another life in print through photography. 

One winter night in 2009, I was attracted by one tree where the branches were shaping translucency by the light and showing the power of mystique.  Following day, I set up my camera in front of the tree, and took a photo with long exposure to capture the shape at the misty moment of my feeling from fashion. 

From that time, I do this project in every winter.  The reason of execution in winter season, because of the trees in Taiwan the amount of its branches and leaves keep in balance.  Taking the photo at night with long exposure in variety places becomes my photo project and I’m going to continue to do that.

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The 27th Higashikawa Award 2011

The 27th Higashikawa Award 2011 – New Photographer Prize goes to Ken Kitano who is one of photo artists of 1839 Contemporary Gallery. 

The ceremony will be held at Higashikawa as a town of photography on July 30th.  The award Winners’ Exhibition will be held as well from July 30th to September 5th at the Higashikawa Bunka Gallery.

Meanwhile Dr. Edward Chiu, the curator of 1839 Contemporary Gallery, is invited by Mr. Ichiroh matsuoka (Mayor of Higashikawa-town) as team of “Portfolio Reviews” in the 27th Higashikawa International Photo Festival.

Same as another artist from 1839 Contemporary Gallery, Mr. Chen Chin-Pao received the 26th Higashikawa Award 2010 – Oversea Photographer Award who will be invited to an exhibition from 21st of November to 25th of December being held at Shadai Gallery run by Tokyo Polytechnic University.  An Artist Talk among Dr. Edward Chiu, Professor Hiroaki Yoshino and Chen Chin-Pao is organized at Shadai Gallery as well. 

The 27th Higashikawa Award

New Photographer Award goes to Ken Kitano

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City Section by Yang Chin Sheng

YANG, CHIN-SHENG Photo Exhibition
On View: Sat, June 24 – Sunday, July 31, 2011
Opening Reception: Sat, June 24 at 2:30 pm
Artist Talk: Sat, June 24 at 3:00 pm
Speech by:Yang, Chin-Sheng v.s. Liu, Ke-Feng

The fertile soils are the soul where humanity begins to nurture the forces of life;
Homes are the centers of daily living for families;
Cities are those ports in which a dependent humanity engages in interaction.

As the urban expanse ceaselessly grows, the measures of the traversing highways and byways metamorphoses.  The bisected vision of the houses lying in two, reveals not only the living history of the former occupants but the wistful dreams of a glorious renewed urban environ.  In the Mandarin character for fields, the semantic sense reveals that no harvest comes without planting, hinting at a core cultural value behind our industriousness.  In the visual structure of the Mandarin character for fields, the remnants of luggage left behind in the hurry to remove from the premises, recall to mind our exhuberant youthful experiences at playing homel.  And in the world outside the Mandarin character for fields, the changing face of the city, always builds and rebuilds story upon story on its layered history. 

source: http://www.infoto.com.tw/index.php?option=com_ponygallery&Itemid=33&func=viewcategory&catid=1

City Section by Yang, Chen-Sheng

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Viewpoint via Mailbox – Gesta Han

Gesta Han Photo Exhibition


 On View: June 17 – 29, 2011
Opening Reception: June 18 (Sat) 3:00 pm
place: 1839 Little Gallery   [Location] 

A city likes as people with a fascinating and normal side as well. Looking at urban landscape, a lot of glamorous images were recorded and a lot of dark side was used with purpose.  It’s not easy to find the plain city image as before. These plain images just as middle-class society, largest and easily were overlooked. This show is standing at Mailbox view to look at the cities, no modern, no cityscape only with the places we remembered and been ignored as well.

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Fractals.Writing – Chien Yung Chung

FRACTALS . WRITING by Chien, Yung Chung
On View: June 3 – 15, 2011
Opening Reception: June 4 (Sat) 3:00 pm
place: 1839 Little Gallery   [Location] 

Fractals﹒Writing by Chien Yung Chung

An exhibit of black-and-white photos by Chien Yung-chung (簡永宗) that depicts urban scenes and their inhabitants.

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Artist Photo-Book Fair

Artist Photo Book Fair
Saturday, May 14 – Wednesday, June 1, 2011
at 1839 Little Gallery  [map]

Books including:  Ansel Adams、Edward Weston、Imogen Cunningham、Man Rays、Joyce Tenneson、Ruth Bernhard、Mariana Yampolsky、James Osamu Nakagawa、Kozo Miyoshi、Chihiro Minato、Ken Kitano

Artist's Book Fair

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