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MikiNobu Komatsu – CLASSIC AOTEAROA – 9 April–3 May 2024

Oamaru Two Banks, by MikiNobu Komatsu, c.2006, archival pigment print, 1 of 18, 500 x 750mm, $1950 unframed
In this selection of 21 photographs, assembled over decades of exploring New Zealand, Sydney-based photographer MikiNobu Komatsu invites you to cast fresh eyes on Aotearoa’s buildings, streets and landmarks – some of which are still with us, others no longer existing. These photographs reflect his artist’s eye and capture light and shadow as much as they reveal the essence of the buildings themselves. In this collection the historic, humble, famous and forgotten aspects of New Zealand’s built environment are all celebrated.

(CANCELLED) Artist Talk Sat 13 April, 11am

Auckland Farmers Department Store, by MikiNobu Komatsu, c.1982, archival pigment print, 1 of 18, 400 x 600mm, $1450 unframed Christ Church Cathedral 2, by MikiNobu Komatsu, c.1982, archival pigment print, 1 of 18, 400 x 600mm, $1450 unframed Christchurch Cathedral Square, by MikiNobu Komatsu, c.1982, archival pigment print, 1 of 18, 500 x 750mm, $1950 unframed Auckland Albion Hotel, by MikiNobu Komatsu, c.1982, archival pigment print, 1 of 18, 500 x 750mm, $1950 unframedLyttelton Harbour Light Theatre, by MikiNobu Komatsu, c.2006, archival pigment print, 1 of 18, 300 x 450mm, $950 unframed Napier National Tobacco Company, by MikiNobu Komatsu, c.2006, archival pigment print, 1 of 18, 300 x 450mm, $950 unframed (1 SOLD) Oamaru Two Banks, by MikiNobu Komatsu, c.2006, archival pigment print, 1 of 18, 500 x 750mm, $1950 unframed Port Chalmers Bank Building, by MikiNobu Komatsu, c.2008, archival pigment print, 1 of 18, 400 x 600mm, $1450 unframed Raetihi Ratana Church, by MikiNobu Komatsu, c.2007, archival pigment print, 1 of 18, 400 x 600mm, $1450 unframed Rotorua Bath House Building, by MikiNobu Komatsu, c.1982, archival pigment print, 1 of 18, 300 x 450mm, $950 unframed
All photographs are archival pigment prints on Ilford Galerie Prestige Smooth Lustre 310gsm.
Limited edition of 18

 

To accompany this exhibition MikiNobu Komatsu is launching a book:
CLASSIC AOTEAROA: New Zealand architecture through a photographer’s eye
Photographs, design and introduction by MikiNobu Komatsu, plus brief captions which offer background about each building.
144 pages, 80 images.
ISBN 978-0-9757859-3-5
$65 plus p+p

Step into a captivating visual journey through the heart of Aotearoa’s architectural wonders, where buildings, streets and landmarks hold secrets waiting to be discovered and the beauty that exists beyond the surface is revealed. In this extraordinary collection, assembled over decades of exploring New Zealand, photographer Mikinobu Komatsu invites you to cast fresh eyes on Aotearoa’s built character. His work reflects his artist’s eye and captures the essence of the historic, the humble, the famous and the forgotten.Classic Aotearoa is more than a lovingly curated collection of photographs; it’s an exploration of the soul of New Zealand’s built environment. Komatsu explores unusual and fascinating angles that breathe life into the familiar and transform the overlooked into the extraordinary. His lens favours the interplay of light and shadow.Whether you are a history enthusiast, an architecture aficionado, or simply someone with a love of beauty, this book will transport you to a realm where every structure becomes a work of art, waiting to be admired from a fresh and unique perspective.

Artists website: www.mikinobukomatsu.com