Yoshinori Marui “Apparition”


poster for Yoshinori Marui “Apparition”
[Image: ©Yoshinori Marui / Courtesy of PGI]

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PGI is pleased to announce Yoshinori Marui’s fourth solo exhibition at our gallery following a four-year hiatus. Opening on October 15th, the show will feature approximately twenty prints from his latest series, Apparition.

Yoshinori Marui began photographing during his studies at the Tokyo University of The Arts. His early works including The Map (2003), and Along the Coastline (2008), were attempts to use imagination to peel back the layers of perceptible reality to discover new and astonishing details. With Collecting Light (2011), Marui used various images of light captured throughout his travels to press his imagination even further and contemplate the relationship between the photographed subject and the real thing. Point-flash (2016) built upon these ideas and ultimately led to the creation of Apparition.

The word apparition originally pertained to celestial bodies. Theodor W. Adorno wrote “the artwork as appearance is most closely resembled by the apparition, the heavenly vision.” This series is a blend of snapshots and photograms. With this integrated approach, Marui has further explored the intersection of the actual and the photographed. He explains, “an image is created in much the same way as an object is perceived by our retinas, or even further, by the way we perceive things using all five senses.” When we look at a series of seemingly unrelated snapshots created by an artist, our minds subconsciously begin searching for meaning within them.

This series is an experiment that invites us to consider our natural instinct to ascribe meaning to what we see and, in doing so, to understand and even surpass our current limitations.



from October 15, 2020 to December 05, 2020


Yoshinori Marui



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