These infrared C-prints (40x30) of Prospect Park, NY created in the aesthetics of Ogata Korin school. I am exploring rimpa style manifestations in photography capturing the invisible light and creating a contemporary take on this Japanese art form.
These graphic poeticized and abstracted into nature motif images illicit seasonal change and have a contemporary underlying theme of global warming. They are sharp and bold, with green, blue, red, yellow mimicking the heat and the gold leaf. Soon-to-drop leaves, detailed tree trunks, distinct empty branches render a stylized feel. The compositions distill the colors and images of all seasons, an ephemeral and fugitive beauty.
The infrared invisible light plays a big role in distorting the perspective, “designing the nature” by refining all the nature subtleties and drawing the viewer not just look at the image but to be present in it. Similar to rimpa, the images are photographed in such a way that no item is seen in its entirety, mimicking our visual field when focusing on subjects at close range, wiping the realistic approach to perspective. As nihonga paintings, my pieces are not be put under glass. These chromogenic prints are mounted on white acrylic and have the feel of a glass plate.
The genius architect behind the creation of the Park Olmstead was inspired by English gardening which, in turn, in the early 18th century started embracing East Asian appreciation of irregularity, asymmetry, attraction and criticism of the straight lines and neat rows in parks. The Asian influence on “English” garden-style gives us a chance to understand how have come to view parks and an enormous source of inspiration and ideas they provide. I hope we can marvel at Prospect Park with many new perspectives.