Kenji Wakasugi

An Exhibition of Japanese Fusuma Photography by Kenji Wakasugi – Synthesis –

November 03, 2016 - November 12, 2016

The photographs on view pair Edo-Period (1603­1868) fusuma - decorated paper doors used in traditional Japanese buildings - with landscape and nature photographs.
The fusuma images are juxtaposed with landscapes and nature photography in a delicate balance achieved through a lengthy, painstaking process of digital artistry. The distinct pairing is a contemporary comment on reverence for tradition.
Using digital technology to boldly remove the original paintings applied to the fusuma by the artists of the past, he carefully replaces them with his own photographs, creating a time and space that does not exist in reality, thereby challenging the past.
Ansel Adams once said “The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print is the performance.”
This exhibition is the beautiful synthesis of Japanese and American tradition and science done by Photographer Kenji Wakasugi and Printing Director Douglas Dubler 3.