Friday, October 10, 2014

Wall paper

The immersive photo mural has been a popular exhibition effect for a while now. The King of this kind of installation is the Swiss artist Urs Fischer whose murals dress gallery spaces with an unsettling mixture of 2D and 3D imagery. Yesterday in Tokyo we saw life follow art in the way that it does. A large plaza outside a major department store in Shinjuku combines a photographic wall mural of leaves and bricks with a line of real trees. The effect is an almost imperceptible melding of nature and culture. That is until you notice the repetitious patterning and a slight disturbance between the edges of two of the photographic sheets. What can you say? Nature abhors a straight line.