Kenro Izu : “BLUE”
Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY
Oct. 17th, 2004 ~ Nov. 23rd, 2004
A body of work photographed between 2001 and 2004, inspired by the essay “In praise of shadow” released in 1933, by Japanese novelist, Junichiro Tanizaki.
Izu collaborated with a Butoh dancer from Japan, and invited her for several sessions of photography in his studio in NYC, with his 14x20 inch camera.
Izu contact printed in Cyanotype with his 14x20 inch negative, a traditional printing technique, over a base of Platinum print, which also is a traditional printing technique. Having up to 5 layers of Platinum and Cyanotype on a single sheet of water color paper, Izu achieved the images of deep blue female body, as if she dissolves into the shadow.
In the exhibition “BLUE” at Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC, Izu created an environment by installing 2 of his hand-made 6 ft tall cylinder light, in the center of gallery and dimed all the gallery spot lights.
Among the collection of 38 pieces, Izu and the gallery selected 20 pieces of “BLUE”, mounted on Black anodized aluminum plate, then mounted in the frame of the Japanese Black Lacquer.
A book of “BLUE” is also published to coincide the exhibitions, by Howard Greenberg Gallery, associated with Carla Sozzani Gallery of Milan, Italy, Camera Work Gallery of Hamburg, Germany, and Shimose Fine Art, of Tokyo, Japan.