Shigeki Yoshida

ęShigeki Yoshida

©Shigeki Yoshida

Jan 25 to Feb 24, 2007

   Safe-T-Gallery will host an exhibition of the quietly thrilling black and white photographs of Shigeki Yoshida, “Silent City,” at our DUMBO gallery from January 25th to February 24, 2007 with a reception for the artist on January 25th from 6 to 8 PM.


   Shigeki Yoshida’s “Silent City” exists in the frazzled, driven and ego-centric urban places of the world -- places like New York -- but somewhere on a different level. It is a city of people, bricks and glass, but one filled with moments of quiet clarity. Often dark, there are always small areas of exquisite light. Carrying on photographic traditions of pioneers like Harry Callahan and Roy DeCavara, (with whom he has studied) Yoshida brings a distinct 21st century sensibility to his work. He freely incorporates minimalist and conceptualist ideas into his pieces and yet the influence of traditional Japanese and Chinese painting strategies are also evident. His photographs are extended meditations on the qualities of light and line, and yield increasing pleasure as we are drawn deeper into the smallest details of the print.

   “Many think of black and white photography as an exhausted medium,” writes Mr. Yoshida, “But I would say that it is the fundamental medium that deals with light.... I photograph believing in the possibility of photography to depict even something invisible. I do not look for something visually obvious, but rather something suggestive, like a momentary light which not only casts on an actual scene, but also reflects upon my mind. I wish for the light to reach to the viewers’ mind in the hope of transcending the usual sentimental resonances, and of touching the viewers’ memories beyond specific cultural backgrounds.”

   Shigeki Yoshida was born in Japan and studied painting at Wako University in Tokyo. His paintings have been exhibited internationally. He came to New York on a scholarship from the Japanese government and studied photography at Hunter College, CUNY with Mark Feldstein and Roy DeCarava, receiving an MFA in 2005. “Silent City” is the first one-person show of his photographs.

 

ęShigeki Yoshida 
©Shigeki Yoshida

Margie Neuhaus