[Event] Osamu James Nakagawa

Osamu James Nakagawa:BANTA
Opening Reception:Saturday, March 12, 2011
On View:March 11 ~ April 24, 2011

Artist Talk
Osamu James Nakagawa v.s. Dr. Edward Chiu (curator)

Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 3 p.m.

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Banta by Osamu James Nakagawa

Osamu James Nakagawa Photo Exhibition
2011 / 3 / 11 (Fri) – 4 / 24 (Sun)
Opening Reception:2011 / 3 / 12 (Sat) 14:00
Artist Talk: 15:00
Speech by:Osamu James Nakagawa v.s. Edward Chiu (curator)

Press Report (in Chinese language) :
China Times (2011-03-20);
The Liberty Times  (2011-03-08);
2010 the 26th New Photographer Award of Higashikawa Price;
John Simon Guggenheim (2009 US & Canada Competition Creative Arts – Photography)

BANAT  (by Osamu James Nakagawa)
In Okinawa, the precipitous cliffs that fall hundreds of feet to the ocean below are called banta.

For years I have carried with me a vivid memory of the first time I stood atop these cliffs – a memory of beauty in the endless blue expanse of sea and sky intensified by the fearsome height and history that met my downward gaze.

Five years later this memory drove me to revisit and descend those very cliffs.  Standing at their feet for the first time I felt in the cliffs’ full visceral weight, something so powerful that I was initially unable to take even a single photograph.  The shadows seeping from the cliffs’ surface, the white craters riddling the cliffs’ coral limestone, and the charred black carves were start reminders of all that these cliffs had witnessed.

I returned to my studio after six months of researching and exploring the South Pacific Theater with thousands of image files of the cliffs to piece together.  As I re-shaped and re-experienced the original digital images, these cliffs became a metaphor for Okinawa[s history as well as digitally-manipulated, hyper-real vision of my experience standing between fear and beauty on Okinawa’s banta.

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Takahashi Ai Photo Exhibition

Mountains, Villages, Fields
Takahashi Ai Photo Exhibition

2011 / 3 / 11 (Fri) – 4 / 24 (Sun)
Opening Reception:2011 / 3 / 12 (Sat) 14:00
Place:1839 Little Gallery

Mountains Villages Fields  (by Ai Takahashi)

An hour’s drive from Matsuyama City takes us to Kumakogen-cho (the town of Kuma highlands), located at the foot of Mt. Ishizuchi, the highest mountain in the Western Japan.  In the heart of mountains about 800 meters high, the town is covered with snow in winter, which is rare in Shikoku.  Situated on the road between Tosa and Matsuyama, the town used to be a hub of flourishing forestry.  However, Japanese timber price fell sharply, and the town went through the “Merger of Heisei,” – the municipal mergers and dissolutions that took place five years ago.  The town lost many jobs, and a lot of people left Kuma, their native land.

There are two kinds of landscape.  One is the landscape composed solely by nature.  The other bears the trace of human activities.  It is this landscape with human activities that characterizes the mountains of Kuma.  People planted trees and always lived with the mountains.  A Native American saying goes, “landscapes are events.”  These “events” we perceive by our senses, not by words.

There are people who live their life with joy, even under the harsh nature and difficult financial conditions – people stay living there no matter what.  These people I respect.  People are born in this land and buried in the same land, which strikes me as a very simple yet happy life.  No advertisements need to highlight this land as a tourist destination.  The shooting stars and fireflies always fill the land with light.  Many times, this flow of light caught me with its beauty, which might be just a usual scene to the people in the land.

Even in the time of turbulent changes, there are certain things which never change, flowing quietly yet ceaselessly, like a vein of underground water.  As long as there are people – five or even one person – who live in the village, I would like to visit their land and listen to the breath of their lives.  It is in this place that a basic Japanese culture is deeply rooted.  It is an indispensable warm feeling that we have when assured we have a home to return to – for autumn festivals or New Year’s Day.  Hoping this warmth be forever, I wish to photograph various parts of Japan.

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[Art Talk] Nobuyoshi Araki’s Artbooks

荒木經惟 藝術講座 活動花絮

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2011 Summer Application for emerging artists!

1839 Little Gallery 夏季號 徵件

Opening now till May 31, 2011 for more information

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[Event] Water Way by Kenji Usuda

Water Way by Kenji Usuda  (2011.1.14-3.6)

Kenji Usuda 用水路 攝影展 活動花絮

Water Way by Kenji Usuda (opening and artist talk)

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Pomin Wu: L’imparfait (1.14-1.26)

Photograph by Pomin WU

Opening Reception : Sat. January 16, 2011 at 14:30
On View : Friday, January 14 – 26, 2011
Venue:1839 Little Gallery

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Kenji Usuda: Water Way (1.14-3.6)

Water Way
Photograph by Kenji Usuda

Opening Reception:Sat. January 15, 2011 at 14:30
On View:Friday, January 14 – Sunday, March 6, 2011

Speech by:Kenji Usuda (Emerging Artist in Hokkaido, Japan)、Edward Chiu (curator)
(free, no booking but seats limited.  For reservation please email to info@1839cg.com,providing your full name、contact number、email,then you will receive the email confirmation)

exhibition overview


用水路不僅是開闢自然、為人類耕種食物而構築的人工建物,我更從中發現,人類的睿智與自然的生態共同茁壯,並且,由此榮生出一片美麗的風景。 臼田 健二 (Kenji Usuda)


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黃東明 行吟 攝影個展 (12.12-01.09)

行吟 – 黃東明 攝影個展
展期:2010 / 12 / 12 (日) ~ 2011 / 01 / 09 (日)
地點:1839 當代藝廊 (台北市大安區延吉街120號地下樓)交通資訊

黃東明 行吟 攝影展





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劉庭佑 攝影個展 (11.19-12.01)

展期:2010/11/19 (五) ~ 2010/12/1 (三)
開幕:2010/11/20 (六) 2:30pm
地點:1839 Little Gallery



這一年為了證明劉大佑和所有人的不同,改變原來大眾傳播的跑道,考取全然陌生的數位藝術研究所,認為那才是真正的自由意志和一直喜歡的事 ,雖然得到備取的結果有些遺憾,卻使自己想在當兵前一定要呈現近期的成果與想法。

個人攝影展覽,這個聽似簡單,其實卻耗盡近五個月時間的展覽,我只能說創作真不是件簡單事,需要累積堅持和體驗情感,在所有朋友的協助與抨擊下 激發了這些影像。



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