To start its new season, NuN is pleased to present an exhibition by Japanese artist Reijiro Wada. The sculptor realizes large-scale interventions, usually situated in natural environments, which are constructed by manipulating heavy and durable material such as stone, concrete and glass. Often located in nearly inaccessible sites (underground, in a middle of a lake, at the top of a waterfall) Wada's sculptures can be called non-monuments, a place of flux between trace and absence, and between materiality and memory, which highlights the inevitable fleeting nature of our relationship to things.
In this exhibition at NuN, Reijiro Wada shows further development from a work first presented in 2006. Two panels of glass, one being coupled with a brass plate, will be stood vertically in the room forming a acute angle. Prior to the opening of the exhibition, Wada will throw fruits into the structure, performing a type of precision tossing game. This work, called "Stillleben" ("Still Life"), becomes an abstract composition, where the fruits, depending mostly on their size and shape, are either randomly trapped between the two panels, or amassed outside of the construction and on the floor. Doomed to decay in their own juice, the fruits still leave a trace of their brief passage, as testified by the patinated brass.
Reijiro Wada was born 1977 in Hiroshima, Japan. He lives and works in Berlin. Recent exhibitions include the Aichi Triennial, Japan 2013; "Berlin Status (2)", Künstlerhaus Bethanien, 2013; "Kunstkammer" at Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin, 2012 (solo); Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, 2012; and Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, Serbia in 2009.
Work: "Stillleben", glass, brass, fruits, 160 x 260 x 30 cm, 2014
Photo: Pierre-Etienne Morelle