MCC Fine Arts Gallery to exhibit photographs by Hideki Kihata
The Mott Community College Fine Arts Gallery in the Visual Arts and Design Center will present an exhibition of photographs by Saginaw area photographer and educator Hideki Kihata, titled Japan rediscovered, Photographs by Hideki Kihata. In addition, Kihata will give a gallery talk about his work on Monday, Jan. 27, at 1:30 p.m. in the Visual Arts and Design Center, room 128. The public is invited.
This event is made possible in part by the Ballenger Trust.
Hideki Kihata is currently Art Department Chair and Professor of Art, Saginaw Valley State University, and also taught at Kenyon College. He received a BFA in Photography and Painting, Michigan State University, and MFA in Photography, University of Cincinnati. He is a recipient of the Ferguson Award, Friends of Photography, San Francisco, Individual Artist Grant, Michigan Council for the Arts and Purchase Award, In the Spirit of Jefferson, Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary.
Artist Statement: Gary Winogrand, an award winning street photographer once said, “Photography is not about the thing photographed. It is about how that thing looks photographed.” He also said, “ I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed.”
For me, photography has been an act of discovery. I use my camera to find out what would happen to the scene in front of my camera after photographing. During the process of photographing with a lens, recording onto a storage device, and printing onto two-dimensional surface, the magical transformation occurs; the subject matters of daily environment transform into particular series of lines, circles, colors, forms, and often create an ambiguous space on the surface of the photographic papers. This is why I truly love looking at the contact sheets and look for surprises.
The first 30+ years since the late 1970’s, this act of discovery through photography for me has mainly occurred in American soil. I have decided around 2008 that I needed to concentrate my work while visiting Japan, where I was born, and raised, and spent the first 18 years of my life. The title of this show hence, Japan re-discovered, reflects my personal encounters with cityscapes, landscapes, and people of Japan looking at them from my new perspective: as naturalized American citizen who lived in American soil for the past 40+ years and looking back to my native country of Japan and re-discovering new environment.
The Fine Arts Gallery is located in room 128 of the Visual Arts and Design Center on Mott Community College’s main campus in Flint, at 1401 E. Court St. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The exhibitions and presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Art and Design office at 810-762-0443.
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