Kyohei Abe: Redacted
Mar 22—Apr 26 2013
Kyohei Abe presents digitally re-worked images of ascetic arrangements made of Styrofoam, cotton balls or pastel-colored effervescent tablets. Abe, who is a Japanese native, arranges his found miniature objects on white stages that present them in a ceremonial space that creates a sense of harmonic emptiness, and that deftly and respectfully reflects his cultural heritage. His still lifes are precise, yet not sterile, with an underlying wit and joy, allowing the viewer a transcendent moment of contemplative study.
"Most of my images are built upon a formula, a structure of both space and content," Abe writes. "I was originally trained as an architect and designer, so I tend to build compositions that are clean, well ordered, and simple in content and composition. In my creative process, I always look for juxtapositions and interrelationships that create new perceptions and new meanings. I always discover a structure or some form of order within. I then look for a more complex system existing within the simpler structure. At the end, the results of this exchange of elemental play between images, space and myself are attractive."
Abe studied architecture in Japan, holds a BFA in Photography from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit and an MFA in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. He is the director of the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography. Abe is a portfolio reviewer at national events including PhotoNOLA in New Orleans, PhotoLucida in Portland, Oregon, and the Filter Photo Festival in Chicago. He has served as a juror for PhotoPlace Open 2012 as well as for Critical Mass since 2010, and is an adjunct professor in photography at College for Creative Studies.
His works are included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Detroit Institute of Art and the West Collection in Oaks, Pa., as well as in numerous private and corporate collections globally. Recent solo exhibitions include Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, Mich.; Einfach Schoni, Ute Art Space, Stuttgart, Germany; Modern Translation, Center Galleries, College for Creative Studies, Detroit; and the International Festival of Photography, Lodz, Poland. His work was featured in group shows in New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, Houston and San Francisco – most recently at the 2012 Fotofest in Houston – and in Canada, Germany and China.Terra Hall
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