Constructed Photographs (1989-2009)
Community College of Rhode Island’s
Campus Art Gallery
Opening reception: Thursday,
October 1, 5 – 7 pm at the Art Gallery
(Room 3500, 3rd floor, Round Building)
Artist talk 6 pm followed by refreshments
Exhibition dates: October 2 – October 29,
from the opening
“Darrell Matsumoto: Constructed Photographs
(1989-2009),” the first exhibition of the
2009-10 academic year at the Community College
of Rhode Island’s Knight Campus Art Gallery,
will open with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on
Thursday, Oct. 1, with an artist talk at 6 p.m.
The show will run from Oct. 2 to 29.
the exhibition, South Kingstown resident Matsumoto
presents both color and black-and-white photographs.
His colorful images balance on the edge of painting
and photography, using found objects and composing
them into often ironic or witty juxtapositions,
occasionally adding text to explain the meaning
– or perhaps to confuse the viewer. Matsumoto
constructs and photographs these often-surreal
works, outbursts of color and metaphor in his
recent series of black-and-white photographs,
“White” has a different feeling. Although
the playfulness of constructing the images is
still present, it is manifested in a simple and
direct way: There is just one found object photographed
on a white background. Much white space is available
for the viewer’s imagination; whiteness
is used like a silence, surrounding and emphasizing
each object, found, bought or received.
attempt to make work that can engage and seduce,
to report, to explicate. I am interested in making
metaphors,” Matsumoto said. “I admire
the elegance of haiku, however I am drawn to opera.
If it were possible, the synthesis of haiku and
opera is the work I aspire to make.” This
exhibition shows both elements, simplicity and
color extravaganza, through carefully constructed
in Hilo, Hawaii, Matsumoto earned his Bachelor
of Fine Arts in photography from the University
of Hawaii, Manoa, and his Master of Fine Arts
in photography from the Rhode Island School of
Design. He has taught at RISD, Roger Williams
University and Hamilton College and is now associate
professor and chairman of the Department of Photography,
Media Arts and Design at Chester College of New
England. His work is in collections such as RISD
Museum of Art, William Benton Museum of Art and
Franklin Furnace Archive at MoMA.
The gallery is located in Community College of
Rhode Island, Room 3500, on the third floor of
the round building at the Warwick campus, 400
Gallery hours are from 11 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 11
a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.
For more information, e-mail
gallery director and exhibition curator Viera
Levitt at email@example.com.