A-CHAN/Ayumi Furuta “Lighting Store”

Gallery 456 in Chinese-American Arts Council

poster for A-CHAN/Ayumi Furuta “Lighting Store”

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Chinese America Arts Council / Gallery 456 presents Lighting Store, a solo exhibition by artist A-CHAN/Ayumi Furuta in New York. The exhibition will showcase a series of 20 black and white photographs drawn from her photo story book “Lighting Store” published in 2012. Shot on film and printed with the century-old gelatin silver process, A-Chan created a whole-new perspective on the lighting installations which for some may consider kitsch.

Exhibition Statement

I had lived in Chinatown and I was allured into lighting stores because of its dark and quiet space with no sense of time and hint of secrecy. I was able to escape reality with few blocks walk from my apartment.

Photo story “Lighting Store” is composed of 20 photographs.
700 limited edition prints have been published by publishing company Match and Co. in 2012.
First prints were made on 8” x 10” gelatin silver prints with single weight paper. Second was on fabric paper and for this exhibition 20” x 24” prints were made as a final format. Gray margins at top and bottom of the image were made during production process in the dark room.

A lot of chandeliers on the ceiling.
Strong looking silver hooks hold them.
Standing lamps, cardboard boxes and copied sculptures on the floor.
It is all disconnected from recent news, sun light and Bowery street.
Wipe crystals, put them together and take them apart.
Repeat again.
70 years and more.
I saw a red car.
I imagine passing scenery from a moving car, eat fresh ice cream and travel beyond 14th street.
I am always bored.

A-CHAN/Ayumi Furuta

Born and raised in Japan. A-CHAN worked with Masafumi Sanai in 1996 while completing her bachelor’s degree in photography at Tokyo Kogei University. Her career began with photographing advertisements, CD jackets and magazines editorials. In 2006, she moved to New York and began working as co-editor and printer with Robert Frank. She has co-edited and co-designed a number of Frank’s books including “Tal Uf Tal Ab” (2010), “Pangnirtung” (2011) and “You Would” (2012), to name a few.

A-CHAN has since exhibited her photographs and held slide shows at galleries in Tokyo and N.Y.C. She has held exhibitions at notable galleries such as Steven Kasher Gallery and has had several books published by Steidl. When Steven Kasher gallery posed the question of what photography is to her, her response was ‘For me it is more like things in refrigerator next to scallion. But also a key to accept myself or to be a better person or something like that.’

A-CHAN currently lives and works in New York City.



from November 02, 2018 to November 30, 2018

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