This past weekend I had the pleasure of seeing the exhibition Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Japanese Art at Japan Society in New York, which will be running until June 12. I highly recommend seeing it if you happen to be in the area, it was incredible! They are also donating 50% of all proceeds from ticket sales to relief efforts in Japan. While I was there I also was able see the incredible new work by japanese paper cut artist Tomoko Shioyasu entitled “Vortex” shown above and directly below in detail.
I entered the room where Tomoko’s paper cut tapestry was and upon having a closer look I could see the amount of detail that was placed in this incredible piece and I was absolutely astounded. Every tiny paper cut moved rhythmically back and forth catching my eye and gradually pulling me in to the point that I couldn’t help wanting to peer at every inch of the tapestry. Then just when I thought I had seen it all I realized that there was actually a projector pointed on the front of the piece from above which cast light through each of the fine cuts making them show on the wall behind. As I peered on the other side there stood a larger scale of the piece, similar to that of “Blessing Wall”, shown below, and all I can say is wow!
“The little cuts accumulate to create works on a very large scale, producing installations which take in the flow of air and light of their location, becoming one with it so that the exhibition space becomes an abstraction of nature itself, and the installation becomes a sign of nature with presence and depth….In the installation space, the spirit of nature flows through her work, giving the impression of a vivid dance by the air and the particles of light. In a sense, in cutting pieces out of two-dimensional paper, Shioyasu is using thin air as a material and chiseling a new form of sculpture out of the space itself, gaining insights into what things are really like.” — Scai The Bathhouse
Below is a short clip on the exhibition Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Japanese Art.