|White, Black, Gray, Plants and Me|
|Written by Satoshi KOGANEZAWA|
|Published: November 29 2008|
A flower is a sexual organ. Pollens produced by stamens are pollinated on an ovule that is part of a pistil, and seeds are born. Flowers do not have exactly the same mechanism as animals including humans, however, it is no wonder some of us feel the sexuality in flowers/plants and express this in artworks. This is the place where life is generated, so for example, Nobuyoshi Araki, photographer, tries to shoot not only the beauty but also the vividness of flowers.
Azuma exhibited four photos taken by Shunsuke Shiinoki, his friend and co-worker. In the photos, black-and-white flowers/plants are placed in the middle of a barely white background. Azuma hangs a CD player next to the photos and tries to play the sound (breath, he says) of each flower/plant. The shapes of colorless flowers/plants are emphasized, which gives us every chance to interpret them however we want. Sloppy grains inside peeled round fruits seem erotic, but on the other hand, geometric forms are also beautiful. A real banana in a black cube is unexpected as well as interesting. "Stop bugging me/ Feel as you like." The sentence in the concept sheet conveys his intention.
Artist: Makoto Azuma
Material: banana, acryl, photo
Size: H1,400 x W400 x D400 ("White, Black, Gray, Plants and Me") H1,500 x W4,000 (photo panel) H900 x W2,000 (photo panel) H1,000 x W1,000 (photo panel) x 2 pieces
Note: AMPG 3rd Exhibition (June 1st - 20th, 2007)
Exhibition style: three-dimensional work ("White, Black, Gray, Plants and Me"), still/moving images (interview of Makoto Azuma), photo (Photographer: Shunsuke Shiinoki)
|Last Updated on July 03 2010|