Tokujin Yoshioka: Crystallize
To list Tokujin Yoshioka’s accomplishments would be quite a task: he has won prestigious awards, has been featured in countless publications, his works are part of various museum collections, he has directed numerous shows, designed boutiques, flagship stores and worked for Swarovski, Hermes and Issey Miyake amongst others. In short, he is one of the most respected and celebrated contemporary artists. And once you get to experience the whimsical, spiritual ambiance he creates in his “Crystallize” exhibition, you understand why. Through his sculptures and installations he exposes us to the unseen beauty found in natural crystal formation and the gleaming light, exploring our complex relationship with nature.It seems fitting Mr. Yoshioka grows his works, allowing natural crystals to assume their natural shape. For “Swan Lake”, he played them Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet music, for “ROSE” he provided a flower as base and for “Spider’s Thread” he created a web of thin strings, enhancing their allure. And then there is the monumental, surreal “Rainbow Church”. Inspired by Henri Matisse’s masterpiece, the Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence in France, it engulfs viewers, who are embraced by the warm, iridescent light created by 500 crystal prisms contoured by a window reminiscent of cathedrals. ‘‘Tokujin Yoshioka – Crystallize” at the Museum for Contemporary Art, Tokyo will be open to the public until January 19, 2014.
*Courtesy of the artist
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