Yoshinori Mizutani »
Exhibition: 20 May – 21 Jun 2016
Webber Space Gallery
18 Newman Street
W1T 1PE London
18 Newman Street
W1T 1PE London
+44 (0)20 -7439 0678
Webber Gallery Space are delighted to be hosting the first UK solo exhibition of acclaimed Japanese photographer Yoshinori Mizutani. Mizutani garnered global acclaim with his series Tokyo Parrots in 2013. He went on to be awarded the Japan Photo Award in 2013 and nominated as a FOAM Talent in 2014. Mizutani’s new series, Rain, will premier during the second edition of Photo London in May, exclusively to Webber Gallery Space. In this body of work we are presented with various pedestrian crossings from a high vantage point, creating a striking visual aesthetic. An avid collector of objects and images, Mizutani extensively photographs his subjects in series that use composition and perspective as tools to recontextualise and objectify the scenario and his vision.
I always thought of rain as something gloomy and unpleasant. One day, however, I stepped out into the city and realised how rain can alter our everyday landscape. Even the most mundane details such as wet ground and rain drops can reveal a whole new world to us if we observe them from a slightly different angle. 'Rain' is one of my continuing attempts to present a new perspective and interpretation towards our often overlooked daily phenomenon.
Also on view at the gallery will be a selection of works from the series Tokyo Parrots (2013) and Yusurika (2014). In the globally-recognised Tokyo Parrots, we spend our time looking up, but viewing the crowded wires and trees in very much the same light as the painted black and white busy pedestrian crossings in Rain. In Yusurika, mirrors are used along with reflections and focus to carve up scenes and compose images which explore Mizutani’s ongoing quest to discover nature in Tokyo.
Born in 1987 in Japan, Yoshinori Mizutani has quickly established worldwide recognition and amassed an impressive list of solo exhibitions in numerous countries, including; Switzerland (Galerie Au Premier), Tokyo (IMA), Beijing (Aura Gallery) and Belgium (IBASHO). In addition, Mizutani was awarded the Japan Photo Award in 2013 and nominated as a FOAM Talent in 2014. His publications include YUSURIKA and COLORS (amana/IMA, 2015) and Tokyo Parrots (amana/IMA, 2014). He lives and works in Tokyo.
Webber Gallery Space was launched at the end of 2014 in the heart of London’s gallery district in Fitzrovia. They aim to provide an exciting platform dedicated to supporting and showcasing the personal work & print sales of both represented and affiliated artists. The gallery look to explore contemporary photographic themes through an immersive programme of exhibitions, talks, and events. In 2016 the gallery will be hosting Yoshinori Mizutani’s first UK solo show in collaboration with IMA. Other shows and events this year include works by Marton Perlaki, Gregory Halpern, Motohiro Takeda in collaboration with IBASHO gallery and the 2016 edition of the Unseen Photo Fair.