March 2 - 6, 2016
PIER 90, NEW YORK
Booth : E-11
Artist : Tomoyasu Murata
Tomoyasu Murata shows two puppet animations and the installations: “Forest this flower bloom” that Murata was leaded to produce in the wake of the nuclear plant accident in Fukushima, Japan, and “Okinanami”, which is a Japanese traditional dance that prays for agricultural prosperity and used to chronicle the convulsions of nature. For the Japanese, who have a deep connection to their land through agriculture, dairy husbandry and via the fishing industry, that accident in which the local people lost so many things, such as their land, also knocked away their spiritual pillar and set the stage for reconsidering their identity as Japanese.
Through these two works, Murata presents the fluctuating Japan with the earthquake and the nuclear accident as a jumping off point. This is the first work of a series that will consist of five puppet animations, portraying the view of Mujo on the subjects of prayer, chronicling and faith. Here he represents the beauty of "impermanence" in the form of video works and installations utilizing 3D scans.