PRESS

THE NEW YORKER

PROVINCIAL JAPAN

This Italian photographer makes color pictures of a little-seen side of Japan: small towns that look like generic American suburbs.  Castagnoli manipulates his work so the images appear slightly over exposed and reds turn the pinkish hue of vintage color prints, making Stephen Shore an obvious influence.  In his views of shopping streets and individual stores, parked cars are the only indication of human presence and Japanese signage the only proof that we’re not in Ohio or New Jersey.  But the ghost-town emptiness isn’t as striking as the sense of cultural homogenization, underlined by a surprising number of English-language signs.  Through Nov. 1.

Review by Vince Aletti, October 27, 2008