Preview: Hiroyasu Matsui At Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 30, 2011 at 9:43 am


Hiroyasu Matsui — Labyrinth#04

Some wonderful work is featured at Photo-Eye currently. The work of Hiroyasu Matsui is enigmatic while cool in its execution.

Thematic parallels to Escher can be drawn, but these images subtly depict the unreal. The dimensionality of these spaces is hard to parse, shadows fall unexpectedly and the edges of buildings do not always lead to where one would have guessed. They are cunning in their complexity. Walls and stairs continue out of the frame building a sense of impossible endlessness, yet they are also claustrophobic, complicated compostions that draw the viewer inward. Though the images show the exterior of buildings, these spaces feel as if they exist in the interior of something much larger.

Masterfully articulated, Matsui’s images are clearly rendered, though it may not be clear just how. Matsui’s images arise from an unusual multi-step process he calls light sculpture. They are three dimensional forms created in two dimensions, involving a computer to plan the composition and generate multiple transparency masks which are then layered on a light box and shot with a camera.

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