FORM FOLLOWS FICTION
Mariko Mori, “Pure Land”, 1996-98, Glass with photo interlayer, 305 x 610 x 2.2 cm © Mariko Mori
Mariko Mori is also portrayed in an image in which a religious goddess floats like a manga heroine, dressed in a kimono and made of microchips. Takashi Murakami works with Japanese comics and video games.
Olafur Eliasson, “Your Strange Certainty Still Kept”, 1996 © Olafur Eliasson
Olafur Eliasson is interested in the reproduction of natural phenomena in the world of art. He recreates artificial rain which is accompanied by a rhythm of strobe lights: the impression is that the water stops weightless mid air just for a few seconds.
Franz Ackermann also creates environments, this time abstract. He travels a great deal and uses cartographic drawings to create mental maps, exploded projections which evoke his journeys. Matthew Ritchie with abstract painting creates instead a universe which brings together theoretical physics, analytical systems and Big Bang.
Chris Ofili, “No Woman No Cry”, 1998, Oil paint, acrylic paint, graphite, polyester resin, printed paper, glitter, map pins and elephant dung on canvas, 243.8 × 182.8 × 5.1 cm, Courtesy Victoria Miro, London © Chris Ofili
Chris Ofili, a Nigerian living in London and 1998 winner of the prestigious Turner Prize, tells the story of the black population, but transforms it into sacred icons, highly coloured kitsch portraits in hip hop style, with painted and perfumed elephant dung forming the base.
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