Noriko Furunishi’s ethereal depictions of the environment combine traditional and digital photographic techniques. They recall both Japanese and Chinese landscape painting and historical photographers, such as Edward Weston. In 2004 Furunishi started taking photographs in and around Death Valley, California, inspired by the vastness and emptiness of the landscape. For Untitled (Dirt Track), the artist used a 4 x 5 camera, scanned the negatives into a computer, and combined several images to digitally construct this winding dirt track. There is no fixed perspective in Furunishi’s abstracted compositions, where some of the images are flipped upside down. Viewers journey through this constructed, imaginary terrain, moved to question the veracity of the landscape and, perhaps, to envision a possible future.
From the 2019 exhibition New Landscapes: Contemporary Responses to Globalization, curated by Jessica Hong, Associate Curator of Global Contemporary Art
ARTH 48.02, History of Photography, Katie Hornstein, Winter 2020
Landscapes, Murray Guy, New York, September 16 - January 30, 2010
New Landscapes: Contemporary Responses to Globalization, Class of 1967 Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 15-August 18, 2019.
New Pictures: Noriko Furunishi, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, September 17, 2009 - January 30, 2010
Murray Guy, New York, New York, date unknown; Anonymous gift; given to present collection, 2018.
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