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ART INSTALLATION

  • Kohei Nawa

    《 Metamorphosis Garden 》

    2F Central Atrium

    2021.4.12 - 2022.4 (planned)

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  • © Kohei Nawa | Sandwich Inc.

Metamorphosis Garden is an installation with the theme of life, matter, and a world in which ambiguous entities coexist on the boundary between the two. Expressing the emergence of a new narrative out of chaos, it is a development from the Biota (Fauna/Flora) installation (2013) on Inujima island in the Seto Inland Sea. Ether and Trans-Deer emerge as symbols of life from irregularly shaped islands and droplets in a group of sculptures covered with alumina and microbeads floating in the atrium space. An augmented reality performance created in collaboration with choreographer Damien Jalet creates a constantly changing world in which real objects and images of augmented reality overlap.

Kohei Nawa

Sculptor / director of Sandwich Inc. / professor at Kyoto University of the Arts
Born in 1975, and based in Kyoto, Japan, Kohei Nawa received a PhD in Fine Art/Sculpture from Kyoto City University of Arts in 2003, and established SANDWICH in 2009. Focusing on the surface “skin” of sculpture as an interface connecting to the senses, Nawa began his PixCell series in 2002 based on the concept of the cell, symbolizing the information age. Adopting a flexible interpretation of the meaning of sculpture, he produces perceptual experiences that reveal the physical properties of materials to the viewer through works addressing themes related to life and the cosmos and to artistic sensibility and technology, including Direction, in which he produces paintings using gravity, Force, in which silicone oil pours down through a space, Biomatrix, in which bubbles and grids emerge on a liquid surface, and Foam, in which bubbles form enormous volumes. Recently, Nawa has also worked on architectural projects, including the art pavilion Kohtei. VESSEL, a performance work produced in conjunction with Belgo-French choreographer and dancer Damien Jalet, has been presented around the world since its premiere in 2015. In 2018, his sculpture Throne was exhibited under the Pyramid at the Musée du Louvre in Paris, France.

PAST

Tokujin Yoshioka

《 Prismatic Cloud 》

Klaus Haapaniemi

《 Celebration of Life in the Astral Sea 》

Chiharu Shiota

《 Six Boats 》

Nicolas Buffe

《 “Fantastic Gift” The Story of the Kingdom of Winter and the Kingdom of Summer 》

Daniel Buren

《 Like a flock of starlings: work in situ 》

Yayoi Kusama

《 Pumpkin 》

SHOW WINDOW

Eggs are such a food staple we often forget that an egg marks the first stage in the life of a chicken. With the arrival of spring, a life hard at work growing inside a fragile shell, closed off from the outside world, breaks out and emerges to take its first breath of earthly air. This bursting forth echoes our notions of the emergence of spring after the long dark of winter. It has clear parallels to the new that emerges when change so compels, overcoming the conventional, as with kara-wo-yaburu, which means to break out of one’s shell and to make a fresh start. Freed from its narrow confines, the breath of new life takes to the air in high spirits, sallies forth on spring’s first boisterous breeze, and stretches exultant wings. The moment inspires life in all its myriad forms to birth and bloom. Egg whites whipped into a delicate meringue──the transformation suggests the lion’s regal robes, a poodle’s pompadour, the stir of spirits on the arrival of spring. The work expresses this feeling of being drawn outside and the exhilaration of encounters with new things and things in new forms. As daily we eat our eggs, may we daily mind the durable and infinitesimal egg of joy in our hearts.

Art director: Yasuko Sato

PUBLIC ART GINZA SIX suggests a rich lifestyle where art can be accessed easily by providing its guests a chance to see various types of art up close. Under the supervision of Mori Art Museum, GINZA SIX exhibits a choice of three globally praised artists and their art pieces at all times.

A sculpted peice combining Edo-komon-style printed morning glories, Chinese bellflowers, chrysanthemums, and butterflies. Edo-komon is an exquisite Japanese style of print that brings out the uniqueness in detailed, strictly-formatted prints. This design is the end result of Japanese craftsmen competing for a more detailed, smaller, and thinner patterned designs, which was encouraged by the law established during the Edo period to ban extravagant, flashy kimonos. *Writer’s Message “Arranging an eternal flower that will pass on the accumulation of time, memories, culture and emotions that lie here amongst us to the future.”

Shinji Ohmaki

Born in Gifu Prefecture in 1971. Ohmaki continues to announce dynamic installations and public art pieces which awake the viewers’ physical senses.

Photo: Ken Kato

Featuring “Paradise and Boundaries” as the theme, Funai captures the full space as her canvas and expresses the intersection of the painted world and reality through using mirrors. The person standing in front of the piece is reflected in the painting, consequently transforming the viewer into the leading character. By painting a fictional paradise that resides in anyone's mind, people passing by and the scenery of reality mix with the imaginary world, turning over each the ideal and reality – the 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional, the existent and nonexistent, the past and the present – into one, thus creating a new world and vision. This symbolizes that the future is shaped by people’s imagination.

Misa Funai

Born in Kyoto in 1974. Graduated from Tsukuba University with a Master’s degree in art research in 2001. Exhibits include “VOCA An outlook of contemporary paintings – artists with a new dimension” at Ueno Royal Museum in 2009/2010, “Wonderful World” at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in 2014.

The piece newly made for GINZA SIX is painted by layering dramatic shapes onto drifting colors, thus creating a deep and massive space. The spacious and infinite feeling of the piece gives us the impression of the unconscious mind, while the shapes drawn as though they were dancing brings out what we can visualize (our conscious minds). The painting located just steps away from the retail area lures viewers into Domoto’s artistic space where the conscious and unconscious coincide.

Yuumi Domoto

Born in Paris, 1960. After graduating from Tama Art University with a degree in painting, graduated from Cooper Union Art Division (New York). Starting off with her private show at Sagacho Exhibit Space, she participated in numerous exhibitions within Japan and overseas.

LIVING WALL ARTOn the two 12m-long living walls (located on the Chuo-dori side and the Mihara-dori side open-ceiling space) are two paired art pieces, produced by JTQ Junji Tanigawa.

  • teamLab

    《 Universe of Water Particles on the Living Wall 》

    Living Wall Chuo-dori Side Open-Ceiling Space

    Size: H11,810×W1,920 mm
    Art Type: Digital Installation, LED, Endless

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An installation piece portraying a waterfall that changes its appearance according to the changing light of the sun. “In other words, there are 1000 times more water particles behind the countless lines, and the mutual influence among them is what decides the curve of the lines. By creating the rock inside an imaginative three-dimensional space, we let the water fall. The water is expressed by countless particles of water, and is calculated by the mutual influence among the particles. The waterfall is constructed as a physical simulation of water, and through the movement of a randomly selected 0.1% water particle, we draw a line over the space. The waterfall is created by the sum of those lines.”

teamLab

A group of digital technology experts including programmers, engineers, CG animators, illustrators, mathematicians, architects, web designers, graphic designers, and editors. Under the concept of collective creation, they work beyond the boundaries of art, science, technology and creativity.

© KOZO TAKAYAMA

  • Patrick Blanc

    《 Living Canyon 》

    Living Wall Mihara-dori Side Open-Ceiling Space

    Size: H11,020×W2,700 mm

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A Patrick Blanc original, this vertical two-dimensional art piece, which contains no soil, mixes numerous plants including those particular to the Japanese land. As can be seen from the title, the piece expresses a deep, shaded ravine illuminated from sunlight from the top of a cliff. The reason why different plants survive under the ever-changing weather is because each species adapts perfectly to a particular type of light energy. The diversity of vegetation reflects the beauty, creativity, and tactics of the biological world.

Patrick Blanc

Born in 1953 in Paris. A botanist and artist, he is known for creating vertical gardens. His major works include “Green Bridge,” which features plants growing over a glass corridor.

© KOZO TAKAYAMA