‘Dream of Roses (Rêve de Roses)’
Debut Exhibition by Photographer Takashi Matsuzaki: DREAM OF ROSES (RÊVE DE ROSES) Exhibition at William Ris Gallery
William Ris Gallery, April 27 – May 19, 2019
Opening Reception: April 27 (Saturday), from 4 – 7 pm
Artist Talk: May 11 (Saturday), from 1-3 pm
The William Ris Gallery welcomes the beauty of Spring in the form of DREAM OF ROSES (RÊVE DE ROSES), a photographic collection of roses by Takashi Matsuzaki in his debut exhibition starting April 27 and running through May 19, 2019.
Spring gets under way on the North Fork of Long Island heightening one’s anticipation of bourgeoning blossoms, and with it the DREAM OF ROSES (RÊVE DE ROSES) exhibition breathes new perspective to the most popular and indisputable queen of flowers. Just as the season hints at new beginnings, this exhibition marks not only Matsuzaki’s debut at an art gallery, but also William Ris Gallery’s first show exclusively of photographed flowers.
“Takashi’s work is sensual, vivid, and captures the texture, color and contrasting structure of the rose,” says Mary Cantone, owner-curator of William Ris Gallery. “The imagery is both powerful and yet fragile at the same time, and it’s this dichotomy that appeals to me.” Indeed, the images captured by Matsuzaki are unlike stock photos one often sees of roses, giving an intimate, moody, at times avant garde, and multi-dimensional view of this oft photographed flower.
Equal parts Tokyoite and New Yorker, Matsuzaki’s roots lie in fashion having studied fashion design in Tokyo and assisting in various ateliers in New York where he continues to be a sought-after makeup artist. His natural gravitation towards photography over a dozen years ago eventually led to a concentrated focus on roses, particularly as Matsuzaki has a deep appreciation for and collects perfumes. “Rose is my favorite fragrance,” admits Matsuzaki. Appropriately, in 2016, Dior chose several of Matsuzaki’s rose images for use in their in-house private collection perfume launch. “I wanted to create the images as one would approach making a fragrance, and to capture an original expression of roses, for people to feel the scent, conjure a memory, sense the temperature, light and other aspects.”
A frequent traveler to Paris, Matsuzaki’s color tones are clearly inspired by the city, informing the photographs with subtle dark old-world tones as well as a whiff of romantic nostalgia, a saudade if you will. In particular, the images of the opaque anatomy of a rose, its petals bare and luminous with the veins, whispers the nuance in both the fragility and strength of life, time…and love.
DREAM OF ROSES (RÊVE DE ROSES) collection will be on view at the William Ris Gallery daily including Mother’s Day. A special 10% discount will apply towards the exhibition artwork on exhibition opening day, day of the Artist Talk and Mother’s Day.