此次 Lucie Chang Fine Arts / L+ 很榮幸地與米原康正合作舉辦香港首次個展「甜秘密」，展出以女性主題為概念結合鏡像集合體攝影。教導觀者適當的還疑自己眼前所看到的事實，於是"Reflections Alter Perception"這就是米原康正想表達的意涵 。好比如照片被四面環繞的鏡子包圍，從鏡子裡反射出來得即是照片當中的集合體。對於這種以集合構成的影像彷彿是用從另一個完全不同的角度跳脫出來的一種表現形式。 由於米原康正的音樂人身份而這種四面環繞的臨場感不僅出現在視覺，因而產生了"Mental machine music"就像環繞音響一樣的，在聲音不斷的被周圍的環境反射之後所產生的震撼聽覺。而有別於以女性人物為特色"Love makes you feel"而是用物件，透過反射而得到的不同視覺效果 。此次展覽，在展現米康正對於流行攝影藝術中，不僅是對「人」之間的探討還展現了「人與空間」中的微妙變化，透過米原康正的鏡頭下與藝術家獨特的眼光，帶領觀者一趟 「甜秘密」的視覺之旅。
Yasumasa Yonehara (YONE) was born in 1959 in Kumamoto prefecture and is based in Tokyo. Surveying the current Asia-based pop culture icons, Yasumasa Yonehara (YONE) stands out prominently. YONE is a versatile Japan-based photographer, magazine editor, producer, director, and DJ, who have been exhibiting his photographic works extensively across the globe since 2004 not only in Tokyo but L.A. YONE has been a visionary of the trends on the street since 1995, serving as the chief editor for Japan-based street culture and fashion magazines, while slowly building a career as an icon /celebrity photographic artist. He started painting on his and others’ photos since 2001.
YONE is well known for his series of Polaroid photography that are characterized by their heavy sexual connotation that captures natural, mysterious, and sexy women. In 1995, he established the magazine “egg”. At that time, there was a fashion trend of taking pictures via instant camera, but women’s photos mostly featured adorable and light-hearted themes without obvious personal characteristics. But there stood out a group of women who utilized colorful markers to draw on their instant camera photos show their uniqueness. YONE saw those marked instant camera photos when he viewed reader inputs for “egg”, and he was deeply struck and inspired. YONE thought, “Although it is superficial, I could follow the trend and I should make something different.” In Japan, adolescents are at the edge of the society, but through the representation of them, YONE wanted to draw public attention to this specific group and to display ae clearer picture of the country. He perceived that the society was becoming more and more shallow, and truth as well as impressment was being buried. Through his artworks, YONE attempted to get to the bottom of things and to challenge the values of the mainstream society.
“The models I took pictures of were all forthright and sincere, but with an attitude. I think myself is as being the same kind of person,” YONE stated,. “In Japan women are not autonomous when they are photographed; a reflection of, the patriarchy and conservatism of Japan. Sometimes, when I captured the female models in a pioneer novel way, I may offend some female viewers.” YONE hoped that the gestures and expressions of his models would be faithful and genuine. He appealed to women who were suppressed by social pressure that prevented them to seek their true values. “We see things too shallowly. We can never know the things behind the sexy gestures and expressions of those gorgeous females,” YONE said. Marilyn Monroe was thought to be the most beautiful woman in the world,; she had blond hair and the perfect body shape. But she was raised by adoptive parents who lacked concerns for her, and even sexually abused her during childhood. As a result, she had no feeling for sex. YONE thought Monroe’s sexy appearance might be a kind of self-defense to cater to people’s imagination, but also at the same time, a statement to the superficial society.
He thought there naturally came a sexual atmosphere when he did photography, and there was no need for him to create it deliberately. Although he did have some shots done from the perspective of females, in most cases, YONE tended to complete his artworks from males’ view, considering “What kind of female shots photographed by male artist would be popular among females?” That is also a crucial part of his creation that reflects his professional concerns,: “When faced with sex, we don’t need to feel shy or ashamed, but instead, we should establish a healthy attitude.”
Lucie Chang Fine Arts and L+ are pleased to announce opening of the first Hong Kong exhibition of YONE titled “Sweet Secret”, showcasing a group of collaged woman-themed mirror images. “Reflection Alter Perception”, YONE encourages viewers to sense the incertitude of the visual world. When photos are surrounded by mirrors, the refection in the mirrors is also a component of the artwork, which provides another application for examining the reality. When it comes to his idea behind this exhibition, he also mentioned “Mental machine music”, which manifests how YONE utilizes the idea of misperception in music domain, with his standing as an established musician. The original sound track is mixed with the reflection from the walls, compounding a thrilling auditory experience. And “Love makes you feel” emphasizes on the unique spatial effect constructed by the images of furniture. In “Sweet Secret”, ˙YONE explores the intimate connection between human and human as well as that between human and space in his unique artsy manner.