Pursuing the Sublime

May 5 – June 25, 2016

Hiroshige

Utagawa Hiroshige
Chiyoga Pond in Meguro, 1856

Peter Bialobrzeski

Peter Bialobrzeski
Heimat 19

Peter Bialobrzeski Heimat 25

Peter Bialobrzeski
Heimat 25

Shotei Hojuko View of Ochanomizu

Shotei Hojuko
View of Ochanomizu, 1818

Utagawa Hiroshige View of Mt. Fuji from Sagami Province 1858

Utagawa Hiroshige
View of Mt. Fuji from Sagami Province, 1858

Toshio Shibata Okawa, 2007

Toshio Shibata
Okawa, 2007

Toshio Shibata

Toshio Shibata
Okura Village, Yamagata Prefecture, 2007

Toshio Shibata Miyoshi City, Tokushima refecture, 2012

Toshio Shibata
Miyoshi City, Tokushima refecture, 2012

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Utagawa Hiroshigi II
True View opf Shimotani, Hoki, 1859

Kawase Hasui Kanrichi Mountain Pass in Moonlight, circa 1927

Kawase Hasui
Kanrichi Mountain Pass in Moonlight, circa 1927

Ray Metzker Utah, 1997

Ray Metzker
Utah, 1997

Ray Metzker 1994

Ray Metzker
1994

Kawase Hasui Misty Morning at Yotsuya Approach, 1931

Kawase Hasui
Misty Morning at Yotsuya Approach, 1931

Suzuki Hiroshige II Kintai Bridge (the Brocade Sash Bridge), At Iwakuni, Suo Provinve, 1859

Suzuki Hiroshige II
Kintai Bridge (the Brocade Sash Bridge), At Iwakuni, Suo Provinve, 1859

Luca Campigotto Perito Moreno Front, Argentian, 2000

Luca Campigotto
Perito Moreno Front, Argentian, 2000

Luca Campigotto Theaters of War

Luca Campigotto
Theaters of War, Astro-Hungarian Emplacement

Luca Campigotto Theaters of War, Italian Shelter Along the Second Line of Defense

Luca Campigotto
Theaters of War, Italian Shelter Along the Second Line of Defense

Luca Campigotto Cappadocia Turkey 2003

Luca Campigotto
Cappadocia Turkey, 2003

Luca Campigotto Ladakh

Luca Campigotto
Ladakh

Utawa Hiroshige Nagato Province, Shimonoseki

Utawa Hiroshige
Nagato Province, Shimonoseki, 1856

Tseng Kwon Chi Monument Valley

Tseng Kwon Chi
Monument Valley

Tseng Kwon Chi Banff National Park

Tseng Kwon Chi
Banff National Park

Katsushika Hokusai Shore at Tango near Ejiri on the Tokaido, 1830

Katsushika Hokusai
Shore at Tango near Ejiri on the Tokaido, 1830

Utagawa Hiroshigi II Tatsugushi Mountain, Bizen, 1860

Utagawa Hiroshigi II
Tatsugushi Mountain, Bizen, 1860

Press Release

Laurence Miller Gallery is pleased to present Pursuing the Sublime, an exhibition featuring five contemporary photographers in conversation with five nineteenth and early twentieth century Japanese print makers. The exhibition highlights shared themes between art of different cultures, centuries and media, including a strong sense of abstraction.

Common to all the works in the exhibition is the “pursuit” of the sublime, rather than the landscape itself.  Many depict people in or passing through the landscape, while others focus on the paths and bridges built to enable a journey through the landscape.

Luca Campigotto’s 2000 panoramic Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina, shows more than the majestic field of ice, at the forefront of the picture we see people gathering at a promontory that affords a magnificent close-up view of the ice.  Shotei Hokuju’s 1818 View of Ochanomizu, depicts a parade of people walking beside a river with Mount Fuji looming in the distance.  Peter Bialobrzeski’s 2003 Allgau, from his series “Heimat,” and Tseng Kwong Chi’s 1987 Monument Valley, Arizona are a commentary on the role of the artist as observer and participant.  Tseng’s work anticipates our current fixation with the selfie.

The pursuit can be humorous, as in Toshio Shibata’s 2012 Miyoshi City, Tokushima Precture, with a couple cruising above the treetops in an aerial lady bug car; and dark, as in Campigotto’s military observatory and cave high in the Dolomites from WWI.

The Japanese ukiyo-e prints selected for this exhibition depict a wide range of landscapes in which the human element is always present, whether featured in the design or simply represented by the artist’s vision framing the composition. In these images, the relationship between man and nature varies significantly. In Utagawa Hiroshige’s 1856 Meguro Chiyogaike, three women are leisurely strolling beneath cherry blossoms in a composition that characterizes man’s relationship with nature as serene. In Katsushika Hokusai’s 1830 Tokaido Ejiri Tango no ura ryakuzu, the design is dominated by the awe-inspiring mountain peak towering in the background, as oarsmen battle rough seas. 

Works by Ray K. Metzker, Shotei Hokuju and Kawase Hasui are also featured.