In the series A Photographic Portrayal of the Paintings of Balthus, Hisaji Hara brings together two modes of artistic expression. An important collection of works, including some still lifes, has been selected from this series for Hisaji Hara’s first solo show at Galerie Alex Daniels.
Hara has embraced the traditional process of albumen silver development as well as more contemporary technology which enables him to convert digital data into inkjet prints. Works created through both of these contrasting methods are to inhabit the same space in this exhibition allowing viewers to engage in an exploration that crosses borders and travel between the realms of painting and photography, analog and digital, time-honored métier and modern innovation. The series is based on a thorough investigation of the European master’s oeuvre. The artist recreated the canvases through careful staging design, converting the original context into scenes steeped in Japanese nostalgia.
Hara’s work suggests an alternative means of merging digital techniques with historically established traditions, thus inheriting the legacy of past artistic practices with the most advanced technology of our day.
Hisaji Hara lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.