“Silent, swift, elegant, the [actors’] actions are eminently transitive, operative, tinged with a mixture of strength and subtlety which marks the Japanese repertoire of gestures and which is a kind of aesthetic envelope, here again we come to that – exemption from meaning – that westerners can barely understand.”
Roland Barthes – The Empire of Signs (1970)
The ‘Kusho’ series consists of twenty-three large scale colour photographs that represent the interplay of black ink and water, both in midair and on white surfaces. The phenomenon that Maruyama captures of the two liquids colliding a millisecond before they merge is the result of various actions and devices. The resultant images literally deconstruct the material elements of ink drawing and calligraphy, allowing us to see in extraordinary detail the chemical and physical processes invisible to the naked eye.
[Extract : Writing in the Sky by Maurice Berger]