Kon, Michiko (Artist/Photographer); Kline, Katy & Kasahara, Michiko (Contributors). MICHIKO KON: STILL LIVES: THE MIT VISUAL ARTS CENTER EXHIBITION CATALOG. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Visual Arts Center, 1992. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 8 pages. Fine.

Exhibition Catalog. The first and only edition. Published in a tiny print run as a softcover original only. There is no ISBN. The catalog is now scarce. An elegant production by MIT Visual Arts Center: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover, as issued. Photographs by Michiko Kon. Essays by Katy Kline and Michiko Kasahara. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name held at the MIT Visual Arts Center in 1992. Presents a selection of Michiko Kon's singular photographs. She works exclusively in the still life genre. Each of her images is of an object assembled from fish, flesh, and fowl, in a post-Modernist nod to Man Ray and Meret Oppenheim. Her Surrealist-inspired art has also been compared to Arcimboldo and Edward Weston. "A contemporary artist of startling originality. Her exploration of the photographic still life, in which perishable materials - raw fish, fowl, vegetables - are combined with familiar, often feminine objects - a schoolgirl's uniform, high-heeled shoes, a pocketbook - triggers our senses of touch, taste, and smell through vision and imagination" (MIT Visual Arts Center). "Michiko Kon takes the Classical tradition of the still life and gives it new life through the re-animation of object parts and body parts in new forms. A fish with legs, a vacuum cleaner turned into an animal, a light bulb turned into a pear, a remote device turned into a living creature, a flower vase display sprouting heads of fish. It is this exchange of the inanimate with the animate that imbues the stillness of her photography with the dynamism of the balance between life and death, being awake and dreaming" (Aperture Foundation). An absolute "must-have" title for Michiko Kon collectors. This title is now collectible. This is one of few copies of the Exhibition Catalog still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Beware: Almost all other copies available online have flaws. A scarce copy thus. 7 plates. One of the finest living artist/photographers. A fine copy. . $20.00

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