Zen Foto Gallery is pleased to announce our second solo exhibition with Naohiro Harada, “The Third Room” from June 22 to July 14, 2018. In his previous exhibition “Drifting”, Harada portrayed the flickering of humanity in between light and shadow. This time with “The Third Room”, Harada focused on the subconsciousness of humanity and presented its ambiguity and transience with his saturated color images. They are Harada’s attempt to depict the metaphysical relationships among movement, consciousness and unconsciousness that are quintessential to our daily lives.

The exhibition will show a mix of streetsnaps and photograms hand-printed by Harada. A publication and special limited edition under the same title will be published by the gallery to accompany the exhibition.

This body of work traces movements and thoughts that switch in between 3 different “rooms” inside one’s imagination.

The three rooms are strange and empty,
composed of the following three perceptions.

the first room: the eye
perception of colour through light

the second room: illusion and impression
perception of consciousness - after colliding with time

the third room: the unknowable
perception of nothingness - imagining things cannot be seen that might become visible one day

In this imaginary room that seems to be made of glass,
Things become blue if you think they are blue and red if you think they are red.

This work is like a story depicted by light and senses, gathered from the reality world.

ーNaohiro Harada

Artist Profile

Naohiro HARADA

Born in 1982 in Tokyo, Harada graduated from Art and Architecture School of Waseda University in 2010. His exhibitions include “Drifting” (Zen Foto Gallery, 2014). In 2014, Zen Foto published his first publication “Drifting”. Harada is currently based in Tokyo.

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