The Japanese artist Takashi Murakami combines highly refined classical Japanese painting techniques with distinctive Pop sensibilities. Known for his “Superflat” style, directly influenced by manga and anime, the artist creates works that explode with color and playfulness. For the 2015–16 ski season, in collaboration with Aspen Skiing Company, Murakami has produced four unique images, all of which embody his trademark visual aesthetic.
On encountering the work of Kathrin Sonntag, one quickly learns that things are usually not quite how they first appear, and that one thing is usually connected to something else. Encompassing photography, film, sculpture, and installation, Sonntag’s practice reveals an uncanny world of odd angles, unexpected likenesses, and visual puns. Through the use of trompe l’oeil photographic wallpaper and objects both sculptural and quotidian, Sonntag transposes the space of the studio and of the photograph into that of the gallery. As objects and images are doubled and reflected back upon one another through processes of mimicry and substitution, architectural space and photographic space begin to blend into one another, and visual rhymes and echoes create links between otherwise unrelated objects.
Sonntag invites us to question what and how we see, to consider how our perception is both culturally conditioned and yet always in flux, somehow both predictable and subject to chance. Sonntag plays with our perceptions, but she also provides us with the information to revisit and revise—and ultimately to take pleasure in—those initial moments of misrecognition.
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General operating support is provided by Colorado Creative Industries. CCI and its activities are made possible through an annual appropriation from the Colorado General Assembly and federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.