© Mayumi Terada

Fruit Bowl 040801
Gelatin Silver Print, 17 x 22"

Mayumi Terada
In the Bright Room

Somewhere between the realms of reality and imagination lies the photographic art of Mayumi Terada. She has constructed her own little world out of balsa wood and styrofoam, clay and fabric, and then left it to our imagination to ponder the implications of her creations. "I always try to find out and express an image of space that we can possess in common", she says.

Ms. Terada builds diminutive domestic sets she calls "dollhouses", then photographs them. Her large monochrome pictures show a world filled with scenes and objects completely familiar to anyone living in our Western culture, yet eerily devoid of human presence. Thus a soup plate sitting on a table, an empty trash bucket, or a shower stall with water droplets still lingering on the glass door have a mysterious sense of reality. We know these are constructions, but can't help wondering who might have just emerged from that shower, who left the bed wrinkled and tossed, who's suitcases are packed and waiting. Yet no matter how seductive these speculations, we must not forget that the real subject of her photographs is light - streaming into windows and even causing diaphanous window hangings to billow into an empty room.

White Room Gallery welcomes you to visit this latest exhibit by one of Japan's most prolific artists. Ms Terada's large-scale photographs and sculptural installations have been widely exhibited in recent years in museums and galleries stretching from New York to her native Tokyo. We are proud to present this collection of photographs of this most versatile artist.

Exhibition: January 8 - February 12, 2005
Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat 12pm - 6pm

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