April 28th, 2013
This small booklet is divided into three parts: A is theory, B is picture and C is archive. It is held together solely by a rubber band, suggesting incompleteness and allowing the content to be supplemented with new pages. The design on the cover is a reference to the old jackets of school books.
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August 11th, 2010
WERK No. 18: KEIICHI TANAAMI PSYCHEDELIC VISUAL MASTER
336 pp, colour, 220mm x 305mm, Edition: 1000 copies
Keiichi Tanaami is a Japanese artist and graphic designer whose work has transcended various art mediums. His unique and radical artistic creations, which were influenced by his dreams and memories, have often been the source of inspiration for young contemporary artists.
WERK No. 18 visually documents his psychedelic visions with more than 200 illustrations from his personal collection. The cover of each issue is hand-coloured with different forms of powdered pigment such as chalk, crayon, granite and pastel, emulating Keiichi Tanaami’s colouring methods.
KEIICHI TANAAMI – firstname.lastname@example.org
WERK – email@example.com
WERK is represented in Japan by ASHU NAKANISHI Co., LTD – firstname.lastname@example.org
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January 26th, 2010
“My most recent paintings and drawings explore the sensation of seeing from a car while driving through the rain. I am fascinated with the constantly changing, yet particular landscapes seen from the car and also the way that the water on the windshield interacts with that landscape. The water creates a shifting lens for the way we see the environment- both highlights and obscures our viewing. Perspectives slip and compress, while shapes and colors merge into one another. I also work with relationships between surface and depth, between flatness and illusion. These works are born out of real experience and have a close relationship with the medium of painting- its fluidity, transparency, and capacity for layering, mixing, and blending. I draw upon a lineage of painters from Caspar David Friedrich to Gerhard Richter.
The paintings themselves are compiled from hundreds of photographs taken while driving in rainstorms with the windshield wipers turned off. While these moments are commonly ignored or deemed a necessary part of reaching our desired destination, they are powerfully charged with weather, light, and color- all experienced at a great velocity. This combination of speed and subdued calm, as the world goes past, creates a kind of transcendental moment that I hope to tap into with the fluidity of the painting medium.”(gregory thielker @ my modern met)
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