There's a new kid on the block, Little Big Man Gallery opens this weekend with a bold commitment to defy the categorical conventions of photography. The Little BIg Man lineup showcases photographers whom challenge traditional narrative and resist definition by genre.
The inaugural solo exhibition, My Family is a Pubis, So I Cover It In Pretty Panties, by Japanese photographer, Motoyuki Daifu is a clear and promising start. Daifu's images tap on the voyeuristic bone of the viewer to illicit a reconsideration of the expected Japanese aesthetic. Something so familiar, yet something so abstract collide to form a narrative that can only be reduced to an assumption. If the exhibition title offers any insight, it may be in that a 'pubis' is one side of the pelvis bone. Duality, perhaps? Two sides to every story, culture, family, reality if not, even more because then of course we have the panties.
Making sense is not the point. Yet, isolating meaning, predicting the before and the after of each image is inevitable. Daifu's imagery is purposely fragmented. The spaces in between, an open invitation to jump to conclusions and then wonder how and why you got there. So, the challenging begins!
Little Big Man Gallery explains, "His narrative explores the vulnerability and mutability of reality into art and cultural documentation by catching what Robert Frank referred to as in-between moments representing something we normally don’t see.”
Motoyuki Daifu, My Family is a Pubis, So I Cover It In Pretty Panties and Little Big Man Gallery opening is Saturday July 19th 6:30 - 8:30pm. The exhibition runs until August 31st.