Ruriko MURAYAMA solo exhibition “Scenery to the next world”
2005/05/21(Sat) – 06/25(Sat)
For this exhibition at Yamamoto Gendai, Murayama reveals her new series that she has been working on since 2002 titled ‘Clumps of Beauty’.
These works are instigated from a desire to make, in her own words, “work that fills in the gaps,” and are manifested, judging by their slight variations in size, on seemingly found pieces of cork approximately 40cmX30cm in size. But the cork’s presence is almost silent as it is engulfed by the cornucopia of fantastical objects that are arranged in a very dense and obsessive manner. Some of these objects construct a semblance of a landscape and others suggest inhabitants. Together these objects create a sense of a world, not so much of a microcosm but more of a small shard of a world that has chipped off and floated toward us. Or as the title of this show ‘Scenery to the Next World’ suggestes, these floating worlds are vehicles to transport us. The physical density in her work evokes not so much myopia but an overwhelming voluptuous energy. The obsessive element in her work inevitably brings up the heavy feeling of the possibility of a futile act, which is inevitable in any line of flight. Teetering on the brink of futility and ethereal transience is what could make her work so compelling.