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Over The Influence Gallery Openings this April 14th 6-8pm

Hana Jinsei (Flower – Life)
Photographs by Nobuyoshi Araki

Opening Reception: April 14, 2018, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: April 15 – May 13, 2018

Over the Influence is proud to present Hana Jinsei (Flower – Life), a solo exhibition of photographic works by Nobuyoshi Araki, on view April 15 – May 13, 2018. Curated by Hisako Motoo, who often collaborates with the artist on shows and publishing projects, the exhibit offers Araki’s intimate and sentimental view of the world through images of flowers. The relationship between life and death is a major thematic arc in Araki’s work, which can be found in his earliest photographs of dried-up flowers in graveyards to his most recent series “KAYU”. Hana Jinsei (Flower – Life), includes floral motif works from multiple series across his distinguished career such as “Flowers and Jamorinsky”,“KAIN”, “FLOWER LOND”, “EROTOS”, “SHIKIJOKZA”, and “KAYU”.

On the 26th in January, 1991 Araki visited his wife Aoki Yoko in the hospital, with a bunch of Magnolia Kobus. She passed away the next day, and near her pillow he found the flowers had bloomed. At her funeral Araki captured his wife one last time as she laid in her coffin. As a tribute to his wife’s love of flora, Araki has made them cornerstone of his oeuvre.

Highlights include his series “FLOWER LOND,” while considered of one of his most popular series, this is the first time they will be exhibited. Shot in the 90’s these feature only flowers which he shot with a macro lens. Also on view are photographs original published in his book “Blue Period” which feature works shot on black and white film, but developed using a color processing method. These photos are also the introduction of the female form adorned with flowers. Hana Jinsei (Flower – Life) also presents a new series, “KAYU,” where dolls take the place of the female form.

While Araki’s sensuous and arousing style is most conspicuous in his photographs of nude females, his floral images carry suggestive undertones with their many furrows and protuberances. Araki’s vibrant, saturated prints reveal the hidden parts of the plant – bringing vitality to his still life compositions through color, contrast, and texture.

About Nobuyoshi Araki
Nobuyoshi Araki (b. 1940, Tokyo) has a highly prolific career with exhibition internationally published hundreds of photobooks..Araki has had solo exhibitions at The Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan, as well as in group exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, USA; Tate Modern, London, UK; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark. His work is in major public collections such as Art Gallery of New South Wales, UK; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto(CAMK), Japan; Deutsche Bank; Foundation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France; M+, Hong Kong, Tate, London, UK; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA; and The UBS Art Collection.

Whatever You Like
Nydia Blas
Presented in the Garey Gallery

Also on view April 15 – May 13 will be Nydia Blas’ Whatever You Like, an exhibition exploring the ways in which Black girls learn to reclaim themselves for their own pleasure. This exhibition will be showcased in gallery’s Garey Gallery. As girls are taught to see themselves through the eyes of others, they also learn that their bodies are about pleasing other people. Alas interrogates this notion as her subjects step outside of imposed confines, focus on the interior, and create complicated ways to see themselves.

Nydia Blas’ narrative photographs delicately weave stories concerning circumstance, value, and power. Through her imagery she creates a physical and allegorical space, presented through a Black feminine lens, that straddles the boundaries of documentary and surrealism. The result is an environment that is dependent upon the belief that in order to maintain resiliency, a magical outlook is necessary.

About Nydia Blas
Nydia Blas is a visual artist living in Ithaca, New York with her two children. She holds a B.S. from Ithaca College, and received her M.F.A. from Syracuse University in the school of Visual and Performing Arts. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Southside Community Center, Inc. She uses photography, collage, video, and books to address matters of sexuality, intimacy, and her lived experience as a girl, woman, and mother. Blas delicately weaves stories concerning circumstance, value and power and uses her work to create a physical and allegorical space presented through a Black feminist lens. The result is an environment that is dependant upon the belief that in order to maintain resilience, a magical outlook is necessary.

One Response to “Over The Influence Gallery Openings this April 14th 6-8pm”
  1. Aleta Lesh Aleta Lesh says:

    Chad Curtis 🙂

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