Tokujin Yoshioka: Transforms Natural Processes into Art
Well-known in Japan and abroad, Tokujin Yoshioka is an artist and award-winning designer whose work combines design with architecture. Born in 1967, the artist 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 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).
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.
Courtesy: Tokujin Yoshioka