In this exhibition design challenge, I chose to feature critically acclaimed Japanese author Haruki Murakami. His books are known for their surreal narratives and seemingly unassumingprotagonists. Though plots differ from book to book, a common thread runs through them all: the theme of introspection. The main characters are thrust into a world different than their own and are forced to confront their deepest fears and desires head on. As they traverse physical and metaphorical hurdles in this unknown realm, they emerge on the other side of the story anew with a refreshed perspective on life.
The exhibition’s name ‘Cryptic Reflections’ represents the process of introspection. In the beginning of this shift in perspective, things can be confusing and cryptic. But as one perseveres, things become more and more clear as represented through the type treatment. This mirrored shift of character is represented through the complimentary colors of red and green.
A series of 3 posters are displayed around the museum to promote this exhibit. Patrons are to rip the pages out of these posters and put all 3 of them together to reveal a message on the back.
To expand of the theme of layered realities, each page of this book is a french fold: there are two connected layers of every page in contrasting colors of red and green.
On the last page, a bookmark can be torn out and used.