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Floating World

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Floating World

49 Geary Street
4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
December 2nd, 2010 - February 26th, 2011
Opening: November 13th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.modernbook.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Financial District/Wharf
EMAIL:  
info@modernbook.com
PHONE:  
(415) 732-0300
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue -Sat 11-5:30
COST:  
free

DESCRIPTION

New work by local photographer Brigitte Carnochan, inspired by poems by Japanese women of the 7th—20th Centuries.

Inspired by a book of poems found in a second-hand bookstore, Floating World refers to the conception of a world as evanescent, impermanent, of fleeting beauty and divorced from the responsibilities of the mundane, everyday world. The beauty of the natural world—its flowers, landscape, the moon, and the changing seasons—serves as the primary metaphor.

Using a specific poem as the starting point for each image, Carnochan investigates the relationship of the human figure and the natural world, often layering the imagery to allude to the depth of meaning contained in the poetry. The series is printed on handmade Japanese mulberry paper which imparts a feeling of delicacy to the already sensuous imagery.