June 12 - July 12, 2003
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For his first solo exhibition at Rena Bransten Gallery, Yoshi Abe presents a series of photographs mounted on aluminum from his "At Night" series. His pictures are of small scenes or architectural elements in urban surroundings - commercial strips, track home developments, malls, and mini parks - whose details he emphasizes by reducing background information. This reduction, an integral part of his technique, is achieved by tight focus on the subject matter and simplification of peripheral information using night or evening light to soften edges and eliminate extraneous features.
Abe is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute. His work was exhibited in "Housebroken" curated by Glen Helfand at this gallery last summer and included in groups shows at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Southern Exposure in San Francisco, Tepper Takayama Gallery in Boston, and Institute Italiano Di Cultura in Italy. His photography is also included in the collection of Microsoft Corporation.