tokujin yoshioka crystallizes swan lake and rose
all images courtesy of tokujin yoshioka
museum of contemporary art, tokyo
now through january 19, 2014
monumental crystallized artworks by japanese artist tokujin yoshioka, exhibited in all forms and facets make up the solo show ‘tokujin yoshioka – crystallize’, at museum of contemporary art tokyo. amongst the seven stranded, crystal ‘spider’s thread chair’ (which designboom has previously covered here) and the towering, chromatic architectural work ‘rainbow room’ (see designboom’s coverage here) are the painting ‘swan lake’, the sculptural work titled ‘the rose’, and the immersive installation ‘tornado’.
a mass of fine transparent strands makes up ‘tornado’ enveloping the viewers in a complex labyrinth, both advancing and obstructing them from the various gallery rooms.
installation view of ‘tornado’ 2007 at museum of contemporary art tokyo
looking into the gallery where the immersive ‘tornado’ installation is situated
installation view of the crystallized painting process
the crystallized painting process, 2013
capturing the tonal vibrations of pyotr tchaikovsky’s ‘swan lake’, yoshioka’s painting materializes from the repeated pulsation after a nearly half-year long growth process of crystal formations.
installation views of ‘swan lake’, 2013
‘the rose’ captures a similar existence between the medium and its metamorphosis — the life of a rose is transformed by a maturation of the crystal material onto its exterior skin.
‘the rose’ 2013