Sunday, May 04, 2008
MURAKAMI PACKING CRATES©
Robert D. LiMandri© is "Kawaii"
Sorry Bob, I couldn't resist.
Fear of Open Spaces
When you go to the MURAKAMI© show at the Brooklyn Museum, I recommend you skip the usual elevator ride and take the back staircase instead. There you will find the makeshift storage area for all of Takashi's very well crafted plywood packing crates. The ones fabricated to safely transport more than 90 of his life's works.
This side up.
More than 18,500 square feet of the Brooklyn Museum's gallery floor/wall space have been wallpapered with his trademarked cartoon images of tearful flowers, psychedelic mushrooms, and the mouse-like creature, Mr. DOB .
In contrast, the stacked wooden boxes, in a multitude of shapes and sizes, offers a welcome respite from the Horror Vacui one finds on display upstairs. You certainly won't have to deal with the crowds.
Enough wooden boxes to make even Donald Judd envious, and he's been dead since 1994.
Here's a great time lapsed video of "Mr. Pointy" being installed in the Museum's ground floor entrance lobby. Behind every genius...