November 02, 2013

TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA EXHIBITION MUSEUM FOR CONTEMPORARY ART IN TOKYO




TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA  EXHIBITION 
 MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART TOKYO
10.3.2013 –  01.19.2014




TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA GROWS MESMERISING CRYSTAL COLONIES FOR HIS ‘’ CRYSTALLIZE ‘’ EXHIBITION AT MOT – MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART TOKYO
10.3.2013 – 1.19.2014
When he was younger, Tokujin Yoshioka wanted to bring a cloud from the skies above down to earth. His current fascination with natural processes and organic structures go to show that this desire never went away. Aptly titled ‘‘Crystallize’’, his latest solo exhibition at the MOT / Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo,Japan, includes sculptures and larger installations which expose the otherwise unseen, delicate morphogenetic processes found in natural processes such as crystal formation, and the way prisms and spaces interact with light.
For Yoshioka, the self-generating, self-organising processes found in natural phenomena can be used as they are, not merely as an aesthetic facade that can be copied superficially. His intention is not to recreate nature, but to expose the innate beauty and creative ‘‘energy’’ in it, by making natural processes part of the art itself. As a result, he literally grows his paintings and sculptures as one would grow plants in a greenhouse through the use of a special liquid which allows natural crystals to grow freely (a transparent pool filled with this liquid, containing a growing colony of crystals is also part of the exhibition that offers visitors a direct encounter with his creative process).
In some of his works, he provides the crystals with a base, something to attach themselves to a flower for his ‘‘ROSE’’ sculpture or thin strings for his ‘‘Spider’s Thread’’ chair ). In other works, he allows the crystals to assume their shapes while playing music to them: his ‘‘Swan Lake’’ series consists of crystal structures which grew while exposed to Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet music. The centrepiece of the exhibition however is the large-scale installation ‘‘Rainbow Church.’’ Inspired by the unique ambience of the Rosaire Chapel designed by Henri Matisse, ‘‘Rainbow Church’’ features a huge window (reminiscent of those seen in gothic cathedrals) which instead of stained glass, is made of 500 crystal prisms – thus creating a diffusion of rainbow rays in the space and an almost religious experience of purity and timelessness.
Well-respected in Japan and abroad, Tokujin Yoshioka is an artist and award-winning designer whose work combines design with architecture and exhibition installation-art (many of his artworks feature in the permanent collections of museums around the world). As a furniture designer, he exhibits at Salone del Mobile every year. He has also been designing store interiors for brands such as Issey Miyake, Swarovski, Hermès and BMW.
You may visit Tokujin Yoshioka’s project of Glass Tea House to click below link.

http://mymagicalattic.blogspot.com.tr/2015/06/tokujin-yoshiokas-glass-tea-house-in.html




TORNADO 2007 & SWAN LAKE 2013
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SWAN LAKE 2013
Crystallized Painting
Life and energy in nature are beyond human's imagination.
“Crystallized project” initiated in 2007 is the experiment creating forms along with natural forces. By growing natural crystals in a water tank, it is as if the energy of life is injected into the works. The forms of natural crystals developed according to the law of nature, express the nature’s unimaginable energy in diverse forms such as the chairs, paintings and sculptures. During the crystallization process of the painting, a music is played. Therefore its vibration influences the formation of natural crystals. This work named “Swan Lake” is created by playing the music of Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky, “Swan Lake”. Life of nature and energy transforms a piece of music into a painting, and fosters a life in crystals.
Tokujin Yoshioka




TORNADO 2007 & SWAN LAKE 2013
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SWAN LAKE 2013 (CRYSTALLIZED PAINTING – DETAIL )
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SWAN LAKE 2013
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SWAN LAKE 2013 (CRYSTALLIZED PAINTING – DETAIL )
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ROSE 2013, TORNADO 2007 & THE ROSE 2013
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THE ROSE 2013
The “ROSE” is a sculpture of rose composed by crystals. A rose, the symbol of love, is crystallized, and with the growth of crystals, it is given a new life to be a sculpture. It creates a new sculpture beyond our imagination. The color of rose is absorbed into the crystals during the process of growth, and gives a subtle color to the diffused reflection in the crystals. The “ROSE” is a poetic piece of crystallized flower, reflecting the hidden energy of nature kept in the rose itself. The ancient wild “soul” in a rose selects the form and the color itself and sculptures itself slow and steadily. When facing the rose, the flower drawn by the crystals, an invisible thorn of everlasting true love shall sting you. 
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TORNADO 2007 & THE ROSE 2013
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RAINBOW CHURCH 2006
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RAINBOW CHURCH 2010
The Rosaire Chapel designed by Henri Matisse was polished throughout his last years. I visited this chapel located in Vance in my early 20's, and had a mysterious experience of being filled with overwhelming light and vibrant colors. A dream to build architecture like this chapel came up to me strongly. As one of the important elements in the architecture project “Rainbow Church”, the stained glass composed of 500 crystal prisms converts natural rays into rainbow color so that “miraculous light” appears in the space.
Tokujin Yoshioka
WATERFALL 2006
Although it is transparent, the glass piece emits a strong aura created by the refraction of light. It is the beauty of chance born at the moment when the glass is solidified. It is created by the beauty of randomness that nature brings out, reminding us the beautiful ripple and sparkles on the surface of water. There, like a sculpture from a block of water, the transparent yet dynamic shape appears. This project, started in 2002 including the glass bench “Water Block”, has evolved into a variety of works such as “Chair that disappears in the rain” for Roppongi Hills and the world's largest optical glass table “Waterfall”. I participated in the renovation project of the Impressionist gallery at Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Some of “Water Block” are permanently exhibited with masterpieces of Mannet, Degas, Monet, Cézanne and Renoir. The glass benches are placed as if they are filled with the light depicted in the Impressionist masters’ works, so that they will create the space where the beautiful dialogue starts between history and present.
Tokujin Yoshioka




SWAN LAKE 2013 (CRYSTALLIZED PAINTING – DETAIL )
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SPIDER'S THREAD 2013
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SPIDER’S THREAD 2013
A chair created from seven threads.
In the story “the spider’s thread” written by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, the Buddha decides to give one chance to a criminal in hell who did a good deed of saving a spider when he was alive. The Buddha takes a thread of a spider in Heaven and lowers it down to Hell so that the criminal can climb up from the Hell to the Paradise. In the story, a thread of a spider is a symbol of slight hope and fragility. In the process of making “VENUS - natural crystal chair (2008)”, a chunk of fiber was used for growing crystals. However, “Spider’s thread” applies the structure of natural crystals in an advanced way aiming to produce a form even closer to the natural form. Seven threads are stretched and tighten between the frame like a spider’s web, and draw a three dimensional sketch of a chair in the air.
By growing crystals on this structure made by only seven thin threads, it becomes a crystal structure that set a form of a chair. Simplifying the volume of its form as much as possible and following the natural form, a sculpture of chair will appear formed by the power of nature.

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THE ROSE 2013
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RAINBOW CHAIR 2007 
Astonished by the Rosaire Chapel by Henri Matisse, I came up with the idea of the architecture “Rainbow Church” where visitors are filled with light and integrated with nature. In its interior space, “Rainbow Chair” is installed as the symbol of “Rainbow Church”. A solid and transparent sculpture made by crystal prisms emits an aura of rainbow light. 

Tokujin Yoshioka




RAINBOW CHURCH 2010
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TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA WORDS & ABOUT HIM
HIS PHOTOGRAPHS FROM DIFFERENT PROJECT


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TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA WORDS 
Born from nature. Nature provides us astonishiment that is beyond our imagination. We may be shaken by its power, be struck with awe and praise the inscrutable beauty simultaneously. What exactly are these feeling? Why can nature move our hearts? And how do we sense it?
I think the answer to these questions lies in the mechanism of life inscribed in human, which is outside the reach of memory or senses. Life of human is also given from nature, which evolved from the harmony of the myriad of chances and necessity. That is why it feels to me that there are the mechanism of unifying the connection between human and nature within our lives.
Nature may not actively produce “beauty”, but it is filled with energy to create it. I infused the exhibition tile “Crystallize” with meaning of “creating works from crystallizing the energy of nature.”  
Works of crystal take their forms as if power of nature animates them and an architecture formed by light composes beautiful pieces of poem. Resonating with life, energy of nature appears in the works of art. 
Forms of works generated from nature go beyond our imagination. They take their own figures by reacting with nature and its hidden energy that move our heart. This is the liberation from the concept of formation and techniques.
And there exists my answer to the future.
Tokujin Yoshioka




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KARTELL GALLERY SNOWFLAKE 2010
INVISIBLES 2010


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TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA
Born in 1967. Established Tokujin Yoshioka Inc. in 2000. His works, which transcend the boundaries of product design, architecture, and exhibition installation, are highly evaluated also as art.
His representative works include the paper chair “Honey-pop”, “PANE chair”, "VENUS - Natural crystal chair”, Swarovski Crystal Palace “STARDUST” “Stellar”, YAMAGIWA’s lighting “TōFU” “Tear Drop”, and “MEDIA SKIN” "X-RAY" for au design project.
"Water Block", a representative work of optical glass projects started since 2002, is permanently exhibited in Musée d'Orsay, Paris.
As some of the other important works, he designed the SWAROVSKI’s flagship store in Ginza and a number of boutiques for ISSEY MIYAKE. He has collaborated with various leading companies such as Hermès, BMW, MOROSO, TOYOTA, LEXUS.
He also directed exhibition such as "Second Nature" at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT in 2008, and Cartier’s special exhibition "Story of . . ." - Memories of Cartier creations (2009), and "Cartier Time Art" (2011).
Many of his works are displayed as a part of permanent collections in the world’s well-known museums including Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and Vitra Design Museum.
He received prizes such as “Mainichi Design Award, 2001”, “Cultural Affairs Section of Government of Japan, Encourage Prize, 2006”, “Design Miami, Designer of the Year, 2007”, “Elle Deco International Design Awards (EDIDA)/ Designer of the Year 2009”, "TOKYO Design & Art ENVIROMENTAL AWARDS / Artist of the Year 2010", "A&W Architektur & Wohnen/Designer of the Year 2011", and "Maison & Objet/ Creator of the Year 2012".
His books are “TOKUJIN DESIGN” (Gap Publication), “Tokujin Yoshioka Design” (Phaidon Press), “Invisible Forms” (Access Publishing), “TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA” (Rizzoli International Publications ). Appeared in television broadcaster TBS’s documentary program, “Jonetsu Tairiku” and selected by the Japanese edition of Newsweek as one of the “100 most respected Japanese by the world," and "The 100 Most Creative People in Business 2010" by Fast Company magazine in America.