Meditations on Nature
May 19 - June 18, 2018
Opening Reception May 19, 5-7 PM
Ille Arts is proud to present Koichiro Kurita’s third solo exhibition at the gallery, "Meditations on Nature".
I first met Kurita and his wife Machiko at the Parrish Museum when he was one of the exhibiting artists in the Artists Choose Artists’ exhibition. I was so impressed by his suggestive images so beautifully rendered in platinum prints. Kurita was giving a talk, aided by his wife, as his English was very limited, on his photography and printing process. Machiko had a large mink brush in her hand and was describing how the platinum emulsion is applied to the paper before the negative is exposed to light. It was such a simple and elegant demonstration and so lovingly recounted that I stayed behind after it was over and introduced myself to them. That was the beginning of a great relationship that has now spanned more than six years. I visited them in Laurel, on the North Fork a few weeks after that initial meeting and fell in love with all his work and his lifetime commitment to his medium. The first solo show I offered him was at my first gallery. During the following year Kurita and his wife moved to Lowell, north of Boston. The East End had become too expensive for them, and they wanted to be near Concord where Kurita teaches printmaking.
Kurita has been inspired by the writings of Henry David Thoreau, and his dream to increase the relationship between nature and humans, and by Henry Fox Talbot, a British scientist, inventor and photography pioneer who invented the salted paper and calotype processes, precursors to photographic processes of the later 19th and 20th centuries.
Born in 1943, at age 40 Kurita began the pursuit of fine art photography as a way to describe his profound reverence for nature. Kurita became inspired to retreat to nature in order to learn by connecting to its beauty. The resulting photographs are large hand-coated platinum prints carefully printed on handmade Gampi vellum.
His photographs have been widely collected and exhibited both in galleries and museums around the world, including the Bibliotheque National, Paris, the George Eastman House, New York, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Yamanashi Prefecture Art Museum, Kofu, Japan, and grace the residences of many collectors here in the United States, Japan and Europe.