Join Nina Wexelblatt, curatorial assistant, for an in-depth tour of the Chicago Works: Mika Horibuchi exhibition on the museum’s third floor. Mika Horibuchi’s work explores the intersection of visual perception, art history, and psychology.
Long A shiny blue curtain, painted in extreme detail to show creases and folds, hangs from a thin brass rod that stretches the full width of the painting. The curtain is pulled to the right to reveal two thirds of a highly detailed bouquet of tulips, poppies, peonies, and other flora. A black butterfly with red and white markings rests on a leaf near the curtain with its wings open. The background is dark and an arch is barely visible giving the impression that the bouquet is floating between the curtain and the arch.
Short A vertical painting portrays a close-up view of a light blue, satiny fabric.
Long This hyperrealistic painting captures the variance in light and dark tones in the reflective fabric, which is folded vertically upon itself like a curtain drawn aside. At the bottom of the painting, the fabric stops, with a slightly different texture on its finished ends.