Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Izima Kaoru, 'One Sun' - New Yorker Review

Izima Kaoru

Though he is known for the big, staged photographs he calls "Landscapes with a Corpse"—multiple views of fashionably dressed young women playing dead—in this show, Kaoru explores his own fear of death in a series of images of the sun. Leaving his camera's shutter open from dawn until dusk, he records the orbit of the sun across the sky as a bright, sputtering line, like a lit fuse or a live wire. A fish-eye lens renders this three-hundred-and-sixty-degree view as a perfect circle, with the horizon of various locations (Kenya, Tokyo, Hawaii) the dark edge around a pale-blue bowl. Although the work seems destined for yoga retreats and meditation rooms, the pictures' positive charge is hard to resist. Through Oct. 9.

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