Of course the Japanese room does have its picture alcove, and in it a hanging scroll and a flower arrangement. But the scroll and the flowers serve not as ornament but rather to give depth to the shadows. We value a scroll above all for the way it blends with the walls of the alcove, and thus we consider the mounting quite as important as the calligraphy or painting. Even if the greatest masterpiece will lose its worth as a scroll if it fails to blend with the alcove, while a work of no particular distinction may blend beautifully with the room and set off to unexpected advantage both itself and its surroundings.
In praise of shadows, Junichiro Tanizaki
Through a site-specific installation with small paintings and other sculptural elements, Nacho Martín Encinas generates a space that, with references to traditional Japanese aesthetics, reflects on the idea of modulation of space through the objects it contains.
Inspired by the particularity of the TRACES research station with its glass windows and walls of white fabric and wood - reminiscent of the Japanese shoji - Nacho Martín Encinas’ installation addresses issues rooted in Japanese tradition such as the experience of space and objects, the play of shadows, the relationship between writing and the pictorial gesture, the poetics of color or contrasts of different surfaces.
Lutherplatz (Zugang neben Mauerstraße 13)