Tokujin Yoshioka Crystallize / by Audrey Kupen

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As a child, Tokujin Yoshioka dreamt of bringing the clouds down from the skies and down to earth, spurring his fascination with natural processes and organic structures in his artwork. His latest exhibition "Crystallize", at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, includes crystal formation and prisms and spaces interacting beautifully with light. 

Yoshioka explains that 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.

In his "Rose" sculpture, natural crystals have been allowed to grow naturally from the surface of an actual rose. Capturing an 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 monumental installation "Tornado" consists of a mass of fine transparent strands, making up a tornado that envelopes the viewers in a complex labyrinth, both advancing and obstructing them from the various gallery rooms. 

Crystal structures were formed in a liquid environment which pulsated to the rhythm and sound of Tchaikovsky's famous ballet in the "Swan Lake" series.

Rose

Rose

Tornado and Swan Lake installations

Tornado and Swan Lake installations

Swan Lake

Swan Lake

Installation of the crystallisation process

Installation of the crystallisation process

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All photos: Tokujin Yoshioka and MOT