Through space the universe grasps me and swallows me up like a speck; through thought I grasp it.
—Blaise Pascal, Pensées
PROJECT STATEMENT
Rinko Kawauchi's portfolio of 15 prints, entitled 4%, was inspired by the theory that merely 4% of the mass of the universe can be perceived and what remains is unknown. These images depict various microcosms from that known fraction of our universe. Each photograph embodies the poetic subtlety that is vividly represented throughout her work. The visual whispers Rinko creates draw us into the particular minutiae of each image and are hypnotically comforting, beautiful abstractions of the ordinary world. Every one of the 15 images evoke an other-worldliness that alternately captures the essence of the tangible 4% while hinting at the mystery of the undiscovered realm of 96%.

Rinko spent several weeks as an artist in residence with The Lapis Press in 2011-2012. She explored and photographed various sites throughout California, predominantly places where the natural world is either artificially represented or contained. Over the course of several months she then contemplated the images to compose a collection of photographs that resonated with her and ultimately reflected the provocative concept embodied in 4%. Rinko's collaboration with The Lapis Press continued as she contemplated, refined, tested, and arranged the final selection for the portfolio edition. Lapis worked closely with Rinko throughout the process of proofing, printing, and material selection, culminating in the design of a custom portfolio box that exquisitely complements the edition.

The Lapis Press is proud to present this beautifully evocative work.
BIOGRAPHY
Born in Shiga, Japan, 1972.
Lives and works in Tokyo.
Education:

1993 Graduated Seian University of Art and Design (ex Seian Women's College)
Solo Exhibitions:

2014
Rinko Kawauchi, FoMu-FotoMuseum Provincie, Antwerpen
New Pictures 9: Rinko Kawauchi, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis

2013
Light and Shadow, KAGIYA Building 4F Gallery, Hamamatsu Ametsuchi, Aperture Gallery, New York
Light and Shadow, msc Gallery, Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts, Kyoto
Ametsui, Rose Gallery, Santa Monica
Illuminance, Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich

2012
Illuminance, Ametsuchi, Seeing Shadow, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo
Light and Shadow, TRAUMARIS, Tokyo

2011
A Glimmer in Silence, FO.KU.S Kunst Stadtforum, Innsbruck, Germany
Illuminance, FOIL GALLERY, Tokyo
Illuminance, Gallery at Hermés, New York
murmuration, Rose Gallery, Los Angeles

2010
the eyes, the ears, Kunstverein Augsburg e.V., Augsburg
A Glimmer in Silence, Galeria Priska Pasquer, Cologne
AILA, Seian University of Art and Design, Shiga
Iridescence, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels
Rinko Kawauchi: Transient Wonders, Everyday Bliss—Photography, Video and Slides, ARGOS Centre for Art and Media, Brussels

2009
Condensation, Mountain Fold Gallery, New York
a pause, GALLERY TRAX, Yamanashi

2008
Rinko Kawauchi, presente par Antoine de Vilmorin, Paris
Ametsuchi, Rose Gallery, Santa Monica
Ametsuchi, Aperture
Illuminance, Christophe Guye Galerie,
Cui Cui, The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka
Semear, FOIL GALLERY, Tokyo
UTATANE, Galeria Pepe Cobo, Madrid

2007
Cohan and Leslie, New York
Semear, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo
AILA + the eyes, the ears, Fotografins Hus, Stockholm
AILA + the eyes, the ears, Hasselblad Centre, Göteborg

2006
AILA + the eyes, the ears, FOTOGRAFISK CENTER, Copenhagen
Galerie Priska Pasquer, Cologne
AILA + the eyes, the ears, Galeria Carla Sozzani, Milan
Rinko Kawauchi, The Photographers' Gallery, London

2005
AILA + Cui Cui + the eyes, the ears, Foundation Cartier pour l'art
Contemporain, Paris
AILA, Kanaz Forest of Creation, Fukui
AILA, Cohan and Leslie, New York
Cui Cui, QUATRE Florence

2004
AILA, California Museum of Photography, UC Riverside
UTATANE, Cohan and Leslie, New York
AILA, Little More Gallery, Tokyo

2003
HANABI, white cube, Kyoto
HANABI, Little More Gallery, Tokyo
Blue, Rocket Gallery, Tokyo
Rinko Kawauchi, 4F Gallery, Los Angeles
Wacall photo exhibition, SPIRAL GARDEN, Tokyo
UTATANE, vonrot gallery, Berlin

2002
HANABI, Little More Gallery, Tokyo
UTATANE, Colette, Paris

2001
UTATANE, Parco Gallery, Tokyo
HANABI, Gray, Tokyo
HANAKO, Little More Gallery, Tokyo
HIBI, Aki-Ex Gallery, Tokyo

2000
HITOIKI, Light Works, Kanagawa

1998
UTATANE, Guardian Garden, Tokyo

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2013
Exhibition of the 29th Higashikawa Award Winners, Higashikawa Bunka Gallery, Hokkaido
Aesthetics of Photography - Five Elements Collection Exhibition 2013, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo

2012
Daegu Photo Biennale 2012, Daegu, Korea
Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012, The Photographers' Gallery, London and
Co Berlin, Berlin
To Wander a Garden, The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka, Japan
Visible / Invisible, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan

2011
FotoGrafia - Festival Internazionale di Roma, Roma
Fotofestival Mannheim Ludwigshafen Heidelberg, Mannheim, Germany
Le Mois de la Photo àáMontréal, Montréal, Canada
Colloquy and Soliloquy, Mountain Fold Gallery, New York
Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art curated by
David Elliott, Japan Society, New York

2010
The 6th Lianzhou Photography Festival, Lianzhou, China
Brighton Photo Biennial 2010 New Documents curated by Martin Parr, Brighton, UK
Summer Loves, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam
Kassel Fotobook Festival 2010, Documenta Halle, Kassel

2009
Touch the World Borderless, Art Museum NO-MA, Shiga
Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Photography Now China, Japan, Korea San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San
Francisco
Parrworld (touring), Jeu de Paume, Paris, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art,
Gateshead
FotoGrafia Festival International in Roma Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome
Verdure! New Acquisitions and Related Works of the Collection, Toyota Municipal
Museum of Art, Aichi

2008
Blooming: Brazil-Japan Where You Are, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi
Parrworld, Haus der Kunst, Munich

2007
Curator's Choice '07: Museum Dialogues, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of
Photography, Tokyo

2006
A to Z by Yoshitomo Nara + graf, Yoshii Brick House, Aomori
PhotoEspaña 2006, Madrid
Collection of the Foundation Cartier pour l'art Contemporain, Museum Contemporary
Art, Tokyo
Whisper not!, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam

2004
Lonely Planet, Art Tower Mito Contemporary Art Center, Mito
AILA & UTATANE, Recontres d'Arles Photographie, France

2003
Love Planet, The 41st Okayama City Arts Festival Program, Okayama
HOPE, Laforet Museum, Tokyo
FOIL, Litte More Gallery, Tokyo

2002
Kimura Iehei Award Winners Exhibition Minolta, Photo Space Shinjuku, Tokyo

2000
Hinata Kanata, Landmark Tower Gallery, Kanagawa
Grants and Awards:

2013
The 29th Higashikawa Award, Domestic Photographer Award
Art Encourage Prize for New Artist from the Ministry of Education

2009
ICP 25th Annual Infinity Award, Art Category

2002
Winner of the 27th Kimura Ihei Award
The Photographic Society of Japan, the Rookie of the Year Award

1997
Grand Prix Prize, The Guardian Garden's 9th Hitotsubo Award
Collections:

The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo
Foundation Cartier pour l'art Contemporain, Paris
Huis Marseille, Amsterdam
Museu de Arte Moderna de Sáo Paulo, Sáo Paulo
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Monographs:

2012 Light and Shadow (Rinko Kawauchi Office)

2011 Illuminance (Aperture, NY / FOIL, Tokyo)

2010 Murmuration (Photoworks, UK)

2007 Semear (FOIL, Tokyo); Majun (FOIL, Tokyo)

2006 Rinko Diary ií(FOIL, Tokyo) ; Rinko Diary (FOIL, Tokyo)

2005 Cui Cui (FOIL + Foundation Cartier pour l'art Contemporaim + Actes Sud)
         the eyes, the ears (FOIL, Tokyo)
         Illuminance, Amtsuchi, Seeing Shadow (Seigensha, Kyoto)

2004 AILA (FOIL, Tokyo)

2003 blue (Petit Grand Publishing, Tokyo)

2001 UTATANE (Little More, Tokyo)
         HANABI (Little More, Tokyo)
         HANAKO (Little More, Tokyo)
Selected Bibliography:

2014
The Photobook: A History, Vol. III by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger (Phaidon, London)

2011
Top 25 Women Photographer
(Dumont, Cologne)

2010
ONE DAY
(Kehrer, Germany)

2009
The Photograph as Contemporary Art by Charlotte Cotton
(Thames and Hudson, London)

2007
Photo Art: Photography in the 21st Century
by Uta Grosenick and Thomas Seelig (Aperture, New York)
Tokyo Book (Rizzoli, New York)
The Genuis of Photography: How Photography has changed our lives by Gerry
Badger (Quadrille Publishing, London)

2006
Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography
by T.J. Demos (Phaidon, London)
The Photobook: A History, Vol. 2 by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger (Phaidon, London)

2005
things as they are: Photojournalism in Context Since 1995 by Mary Panzer,
Christioan Caujolle and WORLD PRESS PHOTO (Chris Boot LTD, London)

2004
Every day as a child from the film "Nobody Knows" (Sony Magazine, Tokyo)
The Photobook: A History, Vol. 1 by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger (Phaidon, London)