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Shinya Masuda | HANAFUDA SHOUZOKU

Posted by staff on March 28, 2019

SHINYA MASUDA | HANAFUDA SHOUZOKU

 

Artist Statement

 

My work consists of eccentric colors and decaying subjects. By merging odd motifs, I wish to create the harmony, stimulation, and solemnity at once.

 

The decayed foods depicted in the work are the gifts from my mother; one day, I unintentionally spoiled a box of fruits and vegetables that my mother had sent from my hometown, without even taking them out of the box. I stared down at the rotten veggies lying in the box, which now became their coffin. The sight pained me, but at the same time, it reminded me of the words my late grandmother used to say: “all things must pass.”

 

Once their time in this world has passed, all life loses forms. While recognizing that providence, I also yearned to capture the afterglow of love that my mother must have sent along with those items.
The decayed subjects are combined with the motifs that are originally from Hanafuda, the traditional Japanese card game consisting of a deck of 48 cards, which are divided into 12 suits of 4 cards each. Each suit represents a month of the year, characterized by seasonal flower or plant of that month.
The grandmother who taught me the concept of impermanence is also the one who taught me how to play the game of Hanafuda.

 

 

http://www.shinyamasuda.com/

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The New Center – A lot is changing — and a lot is staying the same.

Posted by staff on January 19, 2018

The Future of the Center For Fine Art Photography

It’s an exciting time for The Center for Fine Art Photography. A lot is changing — and a lot is staying the same.

 

First, here’s what’s changing: The Center is moving from our longtime home at 400 North College Avenue. We’ve been here for over nine years but find the need to adapt to the new ways the public views and consumes art.

 

The Center is becoming a bit nomadic, providing our audience with stimulating, more fluid experiences for viewing photography. This year, we’ll be hosting eight exhibitions at various locations around the city.

 

We’re evolving our business model. It’s a little bit thrilling, a little bit scary, and a bit overdue. Over the past few years, we’ve witnessed changes in the world of fine art photography. In order to remain relevant, we knew we needed to be bold in our approach and reinvention.

 

Now for what isn’t changing: what you can expect from The Center for Fine Art Photography.

 

The Center will still be bringing you provocative and thoughtfully curated exhibitions. We’re still committed to promoting a broader understanding of photography’s visual, emotional, and social impact in society. We’ll continue to offer free admission to our internationally acclaimed exhibitions. We’ll still provide opportunities for the public to meet and interact with emerging and renowned photographers at our artist’s talks and public receptions.

 

By becoming a bit nomadic, we’re able to beef up our programming. Programming takes an exhibition to a deeper level. It’s one thing to view the work of legendary and emerging photographers hanging together on a wall. It’s quite another to engage in immersive and educational events and workshops, where a stronger understanding and appreciation of the art form is nurtured. Programming gives the community an opportunity to do a deep dive by comparing and contrasting historic and contemporary photography; to see the influences of these groundbreaking pioneers on subsequent generations of photographers, and to kindle a flame in those who have yet to embrace the photographic arts.

We’re developing more opportunities for engagement and education. We’re building our community and embracing all the possibilities that come with our evolution.

The Center for Fine Art Photography is much more than a gallery. It’s more than evocative images on display. It’s experiential. And those experiences leave a mark on the heart, and the mind, and the soul.

 

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