Michael Kenna: Focus East
Michael Kenna: Focus East at Steven Wirtz Gallery. "...Focus East evidences Kenna’s ongoing love affair with the Asian landscape—an obsession that began with his earliest visits to Japan. Those initial explorations inspired many return visits, which ultimately became an annual rite of pilgrimage to Japan and other locations in Asia. What unfolds from these journeys are deeply poetic images of exquisite beauty, evidencing a life of deliberate solitude in quiet, yet visually theatrical corners of the world. Representing an absence of people, Kenna’s images are perfectly still and silent. Occasionally created with lengthy exposures, Kenna’s images capture time suspended, like the last breath of anticipation before an actor strolls onto an empty stage."