関戸勇「色菜色果」

Isamu Sekido

Color Your Life with Vegetables and Fruits

2024.02.01 - 2024.02.10
11:00 -19:00 (Closes at 17:00 on Saturdays)
*Closed on Feb 4 & 5
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ART FOR THOUGHT is pleased to present Isamu Sekido's photo exhibition, "Color Your Life with Vegetables and Fruits". 

We hope you will enjoy the world of his new artworks that introduce vegetables and fruits, colored and arranged with his unique touch of fantasy.

ARTIST'S INTRODUCTION / STATEMENT

If I see something that catches my eye, be it a pebble or a piece of wood, I take a picture of it first, and then either take it home and photograph it immediately or leave it for a while and take a picture of it when I feel like doing so one day.

The same goes for vegetables and fruits. If I want to take a picture, I take it first on the table. Then I set up the photo stand, put them there and look at them. Sometimes I take a picture right away, and sometimes I just watch it for a while.

I do some lighting, but I often take pictures using ambient light, so I leave it up to the sun and take a quick shot when I get a good feeling. The time it takes to take pictures is fleeting, but the models (vegetables and fruits) have to be patient. Foliage wilts, so I take pictures quickly. You can't take good pictures by thinking about it. Take a quick look and take a quick shot.

Some vegetables and fruits show life when they decay, and I sometimes take pictures of them. When I find trampled insects on the street, I bend down to photograph them as well.

Anyway, I take pictures of anything that catches my eye or catches my attention. Among these various things, for this exhibition, I have chosen vegetables and fruits that we would like you to see while they are still fresh.

CURATOR'S STATEMENT

When explaining his exhibition to me, Sekido said several times that he wanted to make the works "painterly. True to his words, the photographs avoid realistic tones and glossy prints, and instead use fantastical angles, colors, and textures of the printed paper to create "painterly" vegetables.

On the other hand, the vivid colors and bold composition of the photos are like looking at an Instagram post, and to me, living in the midst of social networking, they seem very "photographic. The actual vegetables, which ripen and shrivel after being picked, conversely become more vivid in the photograph after being captured.

Perhaps Sekido's works allow viewers to enjoy the back-and-forth between reality and artwork, between the painterly and the photographic.

Curator: Keiichiro Tao

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Yawata City (now Kitakyushu City), Fukuoka Prefecture in 1946.
Graduated from Nihon University College of Art, Department of Photography.
Joined the Photography Department of Iwanami Productions.
Worked there for 23 years, and worked as a freelance photographer ever since.

LITERARY WORK
BOOKS

Photo collection: Forest of Kamakura -  Daimine (Iwanami Shoten)
Cloud photo collection: Rising clouds of Tokyo Bay (Iwanami Shoten)

JOINT BOOKS

Make and Eat the Vegetables from the Past (Shinchosha Publishing Co., Ltd.)
Japan's First Herb Farm: The Power of Natural Fragrances (Sairyusha Publishing Company limited)
Private ownership book: Daibo Coffee Shop
Kamakura: A Guide to Feel & Understand (Iwanami Shoten)
Science All around You books <12 volumes> (KAISEI-SHA Publishing Co., Ltd.)
Buichi's Dream Garden (SHOGAKUKAN Inc.)
Ainu-Style Ecology Life (SHOGAKUKAN Inc.)
Old Rose Flower Illustrated Catalog (SHOGAKUKAN Inc.)
Chinese Cooking Compendium <5 volumes> (SHOGAKUKAN Inc.)
and many more.

Also engaged in editing (and photographing) 5,000 photographs for Iwanami Shoten's "Kojien" electronic edition (DVD-ROM version) of the 5th - 6th editions as a photo-producer.

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