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Asia Week New York September 2022

SYNESTHESIA: Hitoshi Fugo (photograpy) and
Manika Nagare (painting)

September 14-23, 2022
Online exhibition

Welcome to our online-exclusive presentation of two art forms by two artists for the Autumn 2022 Asian Art Week New York.

The meditative photographic portraits of Hitoshi Fugo (born 1947) and the lavishly colored oil canvases of Manika Nagare (born 1975) and both evoke a highly sensory and synesthetic experience of sound, color, and shape for the viewer. Fugo photographs watchers of two different waterfalls (Kegon Falls and Niagara Falls) from behind, exploring the meaning of the personal and universal act of gazing at overwhelming nature. Nagare uses her paintbrush to capture the ephemeral remnants of light and sound that she feels in the air or in her mind.

Fugo's camerawork negotiates existing orders and relationships between his subjects and locations. He creates a simple structure by juxtaposing people watching Kegon Falls (Japan) and Niagara Falls (USA/Canada) whom he photographed from behind. The rear view of each watcher presents countless visual clues to his/her individuality and even evokes our imagination of his/her inner feelings. In addition to a set of 23 pairs of "Waterfall" watchers, Fugo completed another set of 23 pairs of "City" watchers taken at Tokyo and New York skyscrapers.

Nagare strives to extract colors from the infinite spectrum of light omnipresent in her surroundings – people and the world at large. When light sparkles, she can see “the simple and absolute color”– according to the artist. Nagare applies multiple layers of simple colors, conveying shifting differences in light and perspective. Her work envelopes all organic elements – brushstrokes as light as a feather and lines as smooth as flowing water. Her solo exhibition "Spectrum of Vivid Moments" will be held at Nariwa Museum in Okayama, Japan from September 17 to December 18, 2022.

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Melissa Shook: Early Self Portraits 1972-1973

September 8-October 15, 2022
Opening reception: Thursday, September 8, 6-8pm
MIYAKO YOSHINAGA is pleased to announce our representation of the estate of Melissa Shook, an American photographer, artist, writer, and educator who passed away in 2020 at age 79. From September 8 to October 15, 2022, the gallery will feature a solo exhibition by Shook, presenting compelling black-and-white self-portraits she created in the early 1970s. The exhibition will be accompanied by an online catalog with an introduction by Kristina Shook, the artist’s daughter and the subject of her Krissy series. Concurrent with this exhibition, University of Massachusetts Boston, where Shook taught photography for 31 years, will hold a retrospective of her work in various mediums Melissa Shook: Inside and Out including photographs, drawings, artist books, and sculpture. (September 6 – October 29, 2022).

Melissa Shook (1939-2020), December 5, 1972, 1972, gelatin silver print, 4 3/8 x 4 3/8 in. (11.1 x 11.1 cm.), Series: Daily Self Portraits 1972-1973

“Photographs are memory, a way of tricking fate..., talismans against loss, a bargain with death,” wrote Shook in her essay for Camera Arts in 1981. This exhibition examines her early photographs haunted by the unreliability of memory. Having lost her mother at 12 and only retaining vague memories of her childhood, Shook began photographing her biracial daughter when she was one year old. As she struggled with her own fragmented identity as a single mother, Shook, at age 33, embarked on the daily self-portrait project in December 1972.

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