New York

Kazuo Katase

John Gibson Gallery

Born in Japan into the tradition of Jodo Shin Shu Buddhism (Buddhism of the pure land), Kazuo Katase moved to West Germany in the ’70s. His work combines elements of both European and Asian culture, particularly the sacred arts of Buddhism and Christianity. Katase filters these traditions through contemporary technology in order to express a meditative bridge between two different ways of encountering the world. The resulting mood is perhaps more philosophical than religious.

For his gallery-size installation entitled Nightwatch, 1990, the walls have been painted red, the lights turned off, and the windows covered with blue gel to block the red portion of the spectrum of natural light entering the gallery. At first the walls look black, but on closer inspection, they seem a kind of emptied-out red. One piece within the larger installation, The Battle of Nancy, includes a back-lit photographic

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