Kurita ia inspired by the writings of Henry David Thoreau, and by his dream to increase the relationship between nature and humans, and by Henry Fox Talbot, a British scientist, inventor and photography pioneer who invented the salted paper and calotype processes, precursors to
Ille Arts is proud to present Koichiro Kurita’s third solo exhibition at the gallery. “Meditations on Nature” will open May 19th, 2018 and run through June 18th, 2018. The opening reception for the artist will take place on May 19th from 5 to 7pm.
The show will include large platinum prints 25 x 34 inches as well as new albumen calotypes from paper negatives. Masterfully printed by hand using traditional techniques, Kurita's photographs of nature are also sensibly printed on handmade Japanese gampi paper. The process of papermaking is respectful of the environment and the life of the tree as the outer layer of the cortex and pulp are stripped in small sections allowing for future regrowth.
I first met Kurita and his wife Machiko at the Parrish Museum when he was one of the exhibiting artists in the Artists Choose Artists’ exhibition. I was so impressed by his suggestive images so beautifully rendered in platinum prints. Kurita was giving a talk, aided by his wife, as his English was very limited, on his photography and printing process. Machiko had a large mink brush in her hand and was describing how the platinum emulsion is applied to the paper before the negative is exposed to light. It was such a simple and elegant demonstration and so lovingly recounted that I stayed behind after it was over and introduced myself to them. That was the beginning of a great relationship that has now spanned more than six years. I visited them in Laurel, on the North Fork a few weeks after that initial meeting and fell in love with all his work and his lifetime commitment to his medium. The first solo show I offered him was at my first gallery. During the following year Kurita and his wife moved to Lowell, north of Boston.