Miyako Yoshinaga presents DAWN, an important body of work from Japanese photographer Yu Yamauchi, on view from October 18 through November 21, 2012. A reception will be held on Thursday, October 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. The artist will conduct a talk on Thursday, November 1 at 7p.m.
The gallery is honored to premiere DAWN (2006-2010), Yamauchi’s first major photographic series in the United States. The artist produced DAWN while he lived in a hut on the summit of Mount Fuji five months a year for four years, representing a total of 600 days. Each photograph shown in the exhibition was captured at dawn from the exact same location. By revealing the essence of an airy mystical place, Yamauchi gives us the rare opportunity to experience the incredible spectacle of Earth waking up from the perspective of one of the planet’s most breathtaking scenic points.
Regarded as the most sacred mountain of Japan, Mount Fuji profoundly influences Japanese history, culture and iconography. In art history, Hokusai's 36 Views of Mount Fuji count among the most well known representation of this iconic landmark. With the series DAWN, Yamauchi takes a singular and unique approach by focusing on the sacred landscape from the summit’s vintage point. Essential to the artist is the notion of a physical place situated between earth and the universe; removed from society, Yamauchi reminds us that our planet is part of a boundless extent.