Friday, January 23, 2015

Rinko Kawauchi


After yet another chaotic and tiring week, I was lucky enough to randomly happen upon these beautiful photographs by Rinko Kawauchi. Her photos are so creamy, dreamy, ethereal and moody, and they take me away, silencing all of the clutter and noise I would like to forget.  Just beautiful.  Enjoy.


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Rinko-Kawauchi, Untitled (I-135), from the series "Illuminance", 2011


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Rinko-Kawauchi, Untitled (I-129), from the series "Illuminance", 2011


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Rinko-Kawauchi, Untitled (I-139), from the series "Illuminance", 2007


Rinko-Kawauchi, Untitled (I-128), from the series "Illuminance", 2011


Rinko-Kawauchi, Untitled (I-130), from the series "IIlluminance", 2011


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Rinko-Kauauchi, Untitled (I-42), from the series "Illuminance", 2009


Rinko Kawauchi, Untitled (I-62), from the series "Illuminance", 2011


Rinko-Kawauchi, Untitled (I-126), from the series "Illuminance", 2011


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Rinko Kawauchi was born in Shiga, Japan, in 1972. She currently lives and works in Tokyo.

Kawauchi burst on the international scene in 2001 when she was awarded the Kimura-Ihei-Prize, Japan’s most important emerging talent photography prize, shortly followed by the simultaneous publication of three beautiful books, Utatane (Catnap), Hanabi (Fireworks), and Hanako, her very personal study of a young girl of the same name. Met with great critical acclaim, these “visual essays” demonstrate her finesse and skill of telling a photographic tale. Since this triple-debut, the artist has gone to publish another eleven books, the newest of which are Illuminance and Ametsuchi. Kawauchi, currently one of the most famed contemporary female Asian artists, is a recipient the eminent Annual Infinity Award (2009) from New York’s International Center of Photography, in the category Art, and similarly was shortlisted in 2012 for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. She has joined and held many group and solo shows both at home and abroad, with major solo exhibitions in the  Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain in Paris, London’s The Photographers' Gallery, the Hasselblad Centre in Gothenburg, Sao Paulo Museum of Modern Art, the Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum in Shizuoka, and Brussels’ ARGOS Centre for Art and Media. Major group exhibitions to date include those at Munich’s Haus der Kunst, the Huis Marseille in Amsterdam, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art in Aichi, and the Brighton Photo Bienniel 2010: New Documents. Her unique approach is like a “drawing senses”, embracing motifs of every day details as well as cycle of life and its transience, and has been admired by art lovers all over the world.

Images and biographical information found here and here.