The New Contemporary Art Magazine

Tag: Shinji Ohmaki

Japanese artist Shinji Ohmaki's installations are either starkly minimalist or wildly flamboyant, with little middle ground. The artist's "Echoes-Infinity" series, for instance, is an ongoing project that began in 2002. Ohmaki paints entire rooms floor to ceiling, creating hypnotizing floral patterns that stand out against the white negative space. In Japanese culture, specific flowers are associated with different meanings - the peony, for example, is tied to passion while the chrysanthemum is a symbol of grief. In this way "Echoes-Infinity" references art historical tradition while providing viewers with an immersive, multi-sensory experience.

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