Christophe Guye Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland
“Dappled carp fish glide through crystal waters in Risaku’s latest series, marking a continuation of his lifelong interest in Japanese mythology and symbolism.“
Risaku Suzuki (b. 1963, Japan) reflects on the traditional iconography of his home country. Represented throughout Japanese history in literature and art, cherry blossom, koi fish and water are subjects which steeped in cultural, auspicious meaning. Working often with soft-focus, adjusting our perspective of depth and tangibility, Suzuki revitalises his subject matter creating images that are at both hyper-real and dreamlike. Documenting the landscape of Kumano - an area of extreme natural beauty and historic pilgrimage sites - has been amongst his lifelong projects. Favouring the narrative sequence, Suzuki moulds delicate stories which are aesthetically unique.