m97 Gallery in Shanghai has a gorgeous new show up by photographer Michael Kenna titled “Hokkaido to Huangshan”. It runs 17 Mar – 20 May 2012. Here’s what m97’s website says:
Michael Kenna is widely known for his enigmatic and ethereal landscape photographs, and is regarded as a present-day master of the black and white genre. Often using minimal elements and compositions, Kenna creates works of extreme beauty that touch the pinnacle of the viewer’s imagination.
The timeless landscapes of China’s Huangshan Mountain and Hokkaido’s pristine natural world have been a source of inspiration for painters and poets throughout history.
Uniquely-shaped granite peaks, statuesque pine trees, rock faces, zen-like winter snow scapes, and the fleeting elements – clouds, fog, mist – are in a constant state of flux between tension and resolution throughout Kenna’s work.
Often using hour-long exposures at twilight or dawn, his poetic photographs seem to reduce the quintessence of a scene to it’s most primal and important components, resulting in a visual haiku-like style that borders on the other worldy.
“My works are like Haiku more than prose. I don’t describe what is there. Instead, I tend to employ one or two elements as the catalyst of my imagination,” says Kenna.
Check it out!
m97 Gallery No. 97 Moganshan Road, 2nd floor
Shanghai, China – 200060 (+8621) 6266.1597
Hours: Tues-Sat 10am – 6pm;
Sun 12 – 6pm. Monday by appointment only