Printing the Apocalypse

Tokyo is dead. At least it is in the lithographs of Hisaharu Motada. The apocalypse has come and gone and the viewer is left to observe the remains. Skeletons of buildings lay in ruin and monuments have crumpled, overgrown with brush and not a person in sight.

What drives fascination with the end of the world? Is it because it seems so potentially close… earthquakes in China, cyclones in Myanmar, hurricanes in the US? Or the manmade threat of WMDs? It’s not a new interest; Durer’s Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is arguably the most famous print from history. Motada’s work continues this melancholic tradition.

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