November 2 – December 16, 2018
Reception November 2, 2018 5:30 - 8:00 PM First Friday
A SPECIAL NOTE FROM PATRICK NAGATANI (about his show at the Andrew Smith Gallery in 2013)
“This exhibition comes at a crazy time for me. In dealing with metastatic cancer stage 4 for the 5 months (radiation and now heavy duty chemotherapy) I have been dealing with the realization of impermanence and have been introspective of the spiritual and the physical aspect of my life as it is. I have tried to be in the moment and totally enjoy what life has to offer. I have chemo brain (good for writing and playing blackjack) and chemo emo (cry and cuss a lot and mostly happy). So Andrew Smith has graciously invited me to have the inaugural show of his recent gallery for contemporary work in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has let me curate the show and I have chosen work that hopefully establishes a dialogue between the spiritual and the physical, the inner and outer, the mind and the body. I will be showing work from my Novellas series, 24 Buddhist tape-estries and images from my ongoing novel, The Race (developed with the help and expertise of Scott Rankin, Christopher Kaltenbach, and my visual technical collaborator and designer, Randi Ganulin.) Most of the work has never been exhibited in New Mexico. I hope to see you at this special and exciting exhibition. Namaste! December 2013.” – PN
Recently retired [in 2007] as a distinguished professor of photography at the University of New Mexico, Patrick Nagatani continue[d] to produce entertaining and thought-provoking photographic works that deal with various facets of the human condition. Along with tableaux artists Thomas Demand, Gregory Crewdson and Sandy Skoglund, Nagatani pioneered the Contemporary Constructed Photographic Movement in the late 1970s. He has been highly influential in developing a vocabulary of ideas and presentation based on directing, producing and constructing photographs, sets, sculptures, magazine and newspaper articles, models, and paintings as the subjects of his tableaus.
Nagatani design[ed] each photograph both with the creation of subject matter and by manipulating the scenes photographically by adjusting the camera’s narrow depth of field with forced perspective, a filmmaking technique used to create optical illusions, such as making objects appear smaller or larger, or appear far away when set space is limited. Having built and then photographed his sets, Nagatani print[ed] the images as Polaroid, Cibachrome or Ilfoflex photographs before destroying the sets.
With an innate sense of magical realism, Nagatani encompasses such diverse subjects as Buddhism, gender and ethnic injustice and paradoxes, the creation and history of nuclear modernity, Japanese-American heritage, history of photography, theories of media as the message, bodybuilding, color, light, healing, cancer, technology, magic, counting cards, family, favorite dogs and toys, falling out of the sky and flying into it. Each print is coded with multiple visual layers of clues and information, which lead to unrelated parallel strands of vision and emotion.The intensity of his subject matter is softened by the sheer beauty of the images and the humor he often brings to them. – Liz Kay
On our website we have shown 16 photographs. There are twenty photographs in the exhibition. We thought we wouldn’t spoil the ending for you here. Come see the exhibition Presented by Laconia Gallery 433 Harrison Avenue in the South End. For the duration of this show, the gallery will be open Tuesday through Saturday, Noon to 4 PM. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. Closed November 21, 22, 23 and 24, 2018.