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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Yuki Onodera: Transvest Series

Yuki Onodera
Rosa, 2009
From the series Transvest
Gelatin Silver Print
(c) Yuki Onodera, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York
The moment photography went digital there were those who lamented the loss of film and the magic of the darkroom.  The artist Yuki Onodera embraces both methods with her new exhibit "Transvest Series" at the Yossi Milo Gallery.   Ms. Onodera presents the viewer with  life-size images  that are in silhouette form.  The cast of characters include a cowboy, a dancer,  a teenager,  a model and more.  Upon closer inspection you realize that they are cutouts (from gelatin silver prints) that are photographed against a background.  Get even closer and  images appear within the blackness.  Digital images of landscapes, waterfalls, animals, architecture, fireworks and lights and fill up the form.  Ask your children how many images they see.  God is in the details.


Yuki Onodera
Eleventh Finger No. 8, 2007
Gelatin Silver Print
(c) Yuki Onodera, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York
The second set of photographs also by the same artist are located in the inner room of the gallery.  The images entitled "The Eleventh Finger," is a series of black and white  photographs of people on the street.  The subjects do not know they are being photographed as they speak to each other or talk on cellphones.  Using the darkroom technique  of exposing photographic paper to light called "photogram,"   Ms. Onodera,  perforates paper in lace patterns  and places it over the subjects faces to obscure their view. The technique was made popular by the artist Man Ray among others.   Privacy and personal space are examined in this series of images.  Take your young photography enthusiasts and stretch their visual vocabulary.  The magic of the darkroom can be at their fingertips.   The show runs till May 28, 2011, so hurry.
-Edna Suarez
Perfect for 7 and up

The Yossi Milo Gallery at  525 West 25th street
http://www.yossimilo.com