Join Aperture to celebrate the highly anticipated release of Illuminance, the latest volume of Rinko Kawauchi‘s work and the first to be published outside of Japan. Kawauchi’s work has frequently been lauded for its nuanced palette and offhand compositional mastery, as well as her wonder-inspiring, deliberate attention to tiny gestures and the incidental details of her everyday environment. In Illuminance, Kawauchi continues her exploration of the extraordinary in the mundane, drawn to the fundamental cycles of life and the seemingly inadvertent, fractal-like organization of the natural world into formal patterns. Hear Kawauchi talk about this impressive compilation of previously unpublished images with Lesley A. Martin, Aperture’s Book Publisher, followed by a book signing on Wednesday, May 18. An exhibition of Kawauchi’s latest work will be on view at New York’s Gallery at Hermès May 20–July 16, 2011.
Rinko Kawauchi (born in Shiga, Japan, 1972) studied graphic design and photography at Seian Junior College of Art and Design. Among her awards and accolades are the 1997 Grand Prix Prize at the Guardian Garden’s 9th Hitotsubo Exhibition, the 27th Ihei Kimura Photography Award in 2002, and the 2009 International Center of Photography Infinity Award in Art. She has had solo exhibitions at Fondation Cartier, Paris; Photographers’ Gallery, London; Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan; Hasselblad Center, Göteborg, Sweden; and Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo, among other international venues. Kawauchi lives and works in Tokyo.
Wednesday, May 18, 6:30 pm
Aperture Gallery and Bookstore
547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
Exhibition on view:
May 20–July 16, 2011
The Gallery at Hermès
New York, New York