Totsuka Interchange, Daisan Kaihin Expressway, Japan, 1982
gelatin silver print
9 x 11 1/2 inches on 11 x 14 inch paper
Signed Edition of 50
(Japan, born 1949)
Toshio Shibata's dramatic black-and-white photographs, taken in Japan and the United States, provide evidence of complex hydraulic and highway engineering feats molded in part by the natural forms they inhabit. Extensive, generic highway systems, seen through Shibata's large-format camera and wide-angle lenses at night, confuse our sense of place, with the location's particularity only decipherable in the tiny details of text on license plates and road signs. Shibata received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Tokyo National University of Fine Art and Music. His work has been widely exhibited and is in the collections of such international venues as the Art Institute of Chicago; Bibliothque Nationale, Paris; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; and the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. He lives and works in Tokyo.