In a world of rapid consumption and ubiquitous circulation of images, the work of the Japanese artist Wataru Murakami is formed in a media- and content-wise decelerated manner. He began working on his Still Life project during his resident in Karlsruhe, Germany. So far, 18 booklets have been self-published with each categorized thematically and arranged with the artist’s photographs as work in progress.
Artist(s) Wataru Murakami
Venue Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart
Text Erec Gellautz
Images courtesy Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart
After several exhibition adaptations from parts of the series, Murakami produced an installative arrangement for the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg (Stuttgart, Germany) based on Still Life #18, in which some photographs from earlier booklets are also taken up again. The color concept developed for the presentation is derived from the chromaticism of individual motifs: large-format and monochrome wall surfaces concentrate our attention on individual image constellations and at the same time connect the exhibition spaces to form a visual unit.