Selected Works from 30 Years
July 29 – September 10, 2016
Artist Reception & Book Signing
Friday Aug. 5, 5–7pm
541 SOUTH GUADALUPE, SANTA FE, NM 87501
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR AN ARTIST INTERVIEW
CONTACT ANNE KELLY, ANNE@PHOTOEYE.COM
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
photo-eye Gallery is excited to announce Michael Kenna: A Retrospective, an exhibition of black-and-white silver gelatin prints by seminal photographer Michael Kenna opening Friday, July 29th and continuing through September 10th, 2016. An artist reception and book signing will take place on Friday, August 5th from 5 – 7 PM.
ABOUT THE ARTWORK
Michael Kenna is master of contemporary photography. Known for clean compositions, long exposures and minimalist aesthetics, Kenna’s signature style remains highly influential among a generation of photographers. Kenna views his process as a conversation with the landscape, each individual communion lasting anywhere between a few minutes to a number of hours. The images are transformative, and photographed in black-and-white because, as the artist describes, “color is what we see all the time.” He furthers this approach in the darkroom, spending hours on his exquisite silver prints, shaping the photograph to match his uncompromising vision. “I want photographs to be a mystery, an interpretation, a catalyst for one’s imagination… we fill all our time up with noise and chaos, so I hope a viewer can enter into a photograph and feel the beauty of this place, the calmness, the tranquility.” Michael Kenna: A Retrospective showcases more than 50 works produced by the artist between 1987–2015 and features 15 countries including Japan, China, France, Egypt, South Korea and the United States.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in Widnes, Lancashire, England in 1953, Michael Kenna studied at the Banbury School of Art and the London College of Printing before relocating to the US in the 1980s to work with acclaimed photographer Ruth Bernhard. Since that time Kenna’s photographs have been exhibited worldwide and have appeared in more than 100 major collections including: Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., USA; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK. During his expansive career, Kenna has authored over 40 photographic books covering journeys to more than 30 countries across the globe, including 2015’s Forms of Japan. The artist currently lives and works in Seattle, Washington.