In.visible City by Michael Kistler


12 - 14 November 2015


Opening Reception: 12 November, 6:30 - 9:30pm (Artist in attendance)


KONG Art Space, G/F No. 3 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong


Kong Art Space is pleased to present ''In.visible City'', a photo exhibition by Michael Kistler. This is an exploration of the urban landscape in black and white. As with much of Michael Kistler’s work, the human element assumes a more reserved role against the larger urban backdrop. People come and go­­intersecting, colliding and connecting as they merge with one another and the city around them creating a new kind of urban grammar. What is future becomes present and past almost simultaneously. With an understated elegance, Kistler creates a kind of monochromatic underworld where anonymity flourishes and beauty exists in what is often unseen. In.visible city will be a collection of ten limited edition B&W photographs. All prints will be acrylic­aluminum museum face mounts and ready to hang.


About the artist: 


Michael Kistler is a Hong Kong fine art photographer. Originally from Minneapolis, his passion for photography was sparked by a trip to Europe at age 18 and has since taken him to numerous cities around the world chasing new images. He has lived in diverse locations including Germany, Istanbul and California and Japan; after spending more than a decade in Tokyo, he relocated with his family to Hong Kong in 2014.


His time in Tokyo was instrumental to the development of his photographic style as he experimented with blur, movement and other abstract elements while drawing inspiration from street masters like Daido Moriyama and Saul Leiter. A signature element in his work is the often abstract human element and its connection to the city; the urban landscape and its structures provide permanence while people come and go, creating a dynamic environment of fleeting moments.


In addition to having exhibited in Tokyo, NYC, Astoria, Minneapolis, London and Hong Kong, Michael offers urban photography workshops and is co­founder of Finding Yourself in the Streets, a series of international street photography workshops that have been held in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing and Dubai. His work has been featured by Volcom, Cathay Pacific, Vogue Italy, Localiiz HK, Mobiography and China Daily. He is currently working with the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong to provide customised photo experiences for their guests.



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