"Snow" (2010), by Tokujin Yoshioka. Credt: Mori Art Museum
In his 2008 “Second Nature” exhibition at Tokyo’s 2121 Design Sight gallery, Tokujin Yoshioka displayed chairs grown from crystals and fiber optic clouds suspended from the ceiling. The artist habitually crafts visually striking designs that conjure natural phenomena using simple materials.
His new show, titled “Sensing Nature: Rethinking the Japanese Perception of Nature,” at Roppongi Hills’ Mori Art Museum adds the element of motion to the mix. “Snow” is a 15-meter-long exhibit featuring hundreds of pounds of white feathers that are blown upwards to form a turbulent cloud—reminiscent of a snow storm. In a previous interview I conducted with Yoshioka, he said, “Although these installations were entirely artificial, I tried to create experiences that related to viewers’ deeply embedded memories of previously witnessed natural phenomena.”
“Sensing Nature” also features artists Takashi Kuribayashi and Taro Shinoda, and will be on display until Nov. 7, 2010.