Robert Miller Gallery is pleased to announce the first New York solo exhibition of the photographic works of Mayumi Terada. The photographs in this exhibition are black and white prints, ranging in size from 40 1/2 x 55 inches to 24 x 20 inches and have been completed since the artist's arrival in New York in 2001.
Terada's subjects are sparsely appointed, light-infused interior spaces. They are stripped down settings with windows or doors and simple domestic furnishings that evoke a sense of absence. Yet these images are not what they seem. Subtle inconsistencies of scale disrupt the reading of the scene. Droplets of water are too large in relation to the forms of an elegant, minimalist shower stall. The size of the stitching in a curtain lifted by a breeze is out of scale to its surroundings. A sense of the uncanny arises from abnormalitites of form and scale that are apprehended almost subliminally.
In reality the artist has constructed her own subjects. They are miniature table-top tableaux made by her own hand. These all-white models are illuminated by natural light and then photographed. The results are images rendered in an exquisitely refined tonality. There are others who photograph constructed intereiors, but Terada has carved out a territory of her own. In the artist's own words, "Memories of intimate relationships inhabit absent space."