Shujiro Murayama "Nurture Painting - Dispatch from Plant Painting"

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Murayama was brought up in an environment close to nature and during his late teens he would collect plants from the dry riverbed, using them as the subject of highly detailed pictures. Then as he entered university he continued to create work using the motif of plants and pursued this concept, although he once went through a period in which his focus moved away from plants in his late twenties.

In his thirties he moved to the inner city, living in an environment detached from nature or with an absence of nature. And so he attempted to recall his memories of the touch of grass, the aroma, and the soil beneath one's feet, consequently impacting upon the direction of his work.

It is through this history, pursuing the memory of plants held within the body that he came to create the new technique of "Plant Painting". When we look upon this work, which is drawn through the direct use of plants as a medium, we are not in the position of the audience but as coexistence. In this current time when there is diverging thinking on the relationship between nature and humankind, the work of Murayama quietly, yet with a strength reflecting the power of life, expresses the basic form of existence of this relationship.

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From 2012-01-13 To 2012-02-12

Opening Reception on 2012-01-13 from 18:00 to 20:00

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