Sensing Nature | Mori Art Museum | Tokyo, Japan
YOSHIOKA TOKUJIN | tokujin.com
SHINODA TARO | taroshinoda.net
KURIBAYASHI TAKASHI | takakuri.net
Winter turns to spring, summer turns to autumn. We sense the shifts not just by the changes in the temperature and the scenery, but in the smells carried on the breeze and the quality of the sunlight. Over two thirds of Japan's population lives in its cities, which make up just a small fraction of its landmass. And yet we are still able to read nature with our bodies.
Japan's temperate climate and its mountainous topography gave birth to a unique natural environment, which in turn fostered an ancient cosmology and spirituality which have greatly influenced our culture and arts. In "Sensing Nature: Yoshioka Tokujin, Shinoda Taro, Kuribayashi Takashi" we think about how the innate human ability to perceive nature (to sense nature) and the Japanese view of nature exist in our urbanized and modernized world. We also ask how those views are reflected in contemporary art and design practices. Yoshioka Tokujin, Shinoda Taro and Kuribayashi Takashi are three internationally active artists/designers who give abstract or symbolic expression to immaterial or amorphous concepts as well as natural phenomenon such as snow, water, wind, light, stars, mountains, waterfalls and forests. Their ideas of nature suggest that it is not something that is to be contrasted with the human world, but that it is something that incorporates all life-forms, including human-beings. Their works hint that we have inherited this all-encompassing cosmology deep in our memories and in our DNA.
Consisting of newly commissioned works by each of the three participant artists, the exhibition attempts to stimulate our sense of nature through large-scale installations with visitors’ physical experiences with their entire bodies.
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