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Hideki Kuwajima

"TTL (Through The Lens)"

14 July 2012 - 4 August 2012

Hours: 12:00-19:00, closed Sunday, Monday, and public holiday

Reception Party: 17:00 on 14th July 2012 

YOD Gallery is pleased to announce the solo exhibition, Hideki Kuwajima (b. 1964), which will be held from 14th July to 4th August 2012.

Hideki KUWAJIMA was born in Osaka, year 1964 and graduated from Japan Institute of Photography and Film in 1989. Hideki KUWAJIMA is known for his magnificent photographs and glass objects that show the variety of light both in plane surface and in solid space. His works have been collected by David ELLIOTT, the ex-director of Mori Art Museum, Takahashi Collection, corporate LVMH and his art work titled "Equal" has been exhibited as window display at Maison Hermes located at Ginza, Tokyo during the winter of 2008-2009.

Based on circumspect speculation on final outcomes, Hideki Kuwajima carefully lines up glasses and decanters and photographs those vessels with large format cameras. Employing digital technology with high precision and a technique close to silver halide prints, he displays on large-sized photographic paper, the visuals of multilayer which is utilised by the transparency of glass.

The complicated but balanced composition and the dignified atmosphere sometimes raise the association with Mandala, the world view in the Hindu and Buddhist religion. KUWAJIMA's works often attract viewers because of the magnificence and next bring about the contemplation upon the philosophy inside. 

This solo exhibition performs a connection that not only discloses a new direction in Hideki KUWAJIMA's art but also makes him trace the roots in his own art.

Statement from Hideki Kuwajima regarding to "TTL"

"TTL" (Through The Lens)


For me, camera obscuras are like peep boxes that bring feelings of freedom. Upon seeing the glass, almost anybody will consider it just as glass.However, once passing through the boxes of cameras, immediately, to change the quality of glasses into something else could be realized. Likewise, that one person holds a camera will be considered as one simple fact with no difference. Yet, depending on the person who controls the camera, the techniques he has, even the personal aesthetic consciousness, emotions, it is feasible to convert the correlation between the light and the subject to "art works", a term being slightly narrowed down but indicating creations that hold remarkable charms.


Lens performs my most reliable eye while producing art works. Lenses will capture most of the 3 dimensional infotmation obtained from naked eyes and then reflect the informaiton through a 2 dimensional form onto the viewfinder of a camera, leaving only the information that is preferable to be edited. Being subsequent to the lens, the camera judges the outside as if it is a surveying instrument, and repeats the mechanism of assemble, compoase, examine. Namely, it is a process that comes backi and forth between 3 dimension and 2 dimension and the sense of multilayer generated from the strokes in the repeated process becomes the core in my art works.


I am a photographer. But, what means reality to me is not the "determined instantaneous moment", but "certain period of time" spent on the required back and forth though the lens in various procedures while developing art works. 

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