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Naoko Tosa’s Invisible Beauty at Whitestone Gallery Hong Kong

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Naoko Tosa’s Invisible Beauty at Whitestone Gallery Hong Kong
Installation view of Naoko Tosa: Invisible Beauty. Image courtesy of Whitestone Gallery Hong Kong

 

A pioneering media artist, Tosa uses cutting-edge technology to generate works tied to traditional Japanese culture. Running until the 2nd of September, Whitestone Gallery Hong Kong transforms itself into a multimedia environment for Naoko Tosa: Invisible Beauty, curated by Junji Ito. This exhibition introduces Tosa’s new series entitled ‘Four Gods’ as well as other media works such as ‘Sound of Ikebana, ‘Genesis’, and ‘Space Flower’, alongside a selection of digital photographs. Whitestone Gallery states that the exhibition “combines art and science to capture the invisible beauty of the world we live in.”

 

Installation view of Naoko Tosa: Invisible Beauty. Image courtesy of Whitestone Gallery Hong Kong

 

In ‘Genesis', we note how Tosa explores the origins of all beings by capturing movements and interactions of Japanese ink and dry ice bubbles within a viscous fluid, allowing for the allure of the moment of creation itself to be evoked. Tosa names this “hyper-natural form of art” as one that is both elaborate and intricate, requiring a high-speed camera that captures at 2000 frames per second.

The ‘Space Flower’ series is presented as Tosa’s homage to Rimpa, the historical school of Japanese painting from the 17th century, commonly comprised of dramatic compositions and luxurious substances like gold and pearls. Two works from this series ‘Thunder God’ and ‘Wind God’ are additionally the artist’s homage to ‘Wind God and Thunder God’ by the great master of Japanese painting, Sotatsu Tawaraya.

 

Installation view of Naoko Tosa: Invisible Beauty. Image courtesy of Whitestone Gallery Hong Kong

The result was organic, elegant movements across coloured textures, all of which carefully selected so as to cohere to a cultural-historical colour iconography.

 

Her 1985 video artwork entitled ‘An Expression’ gained Tosa critical acclaim, breaking new grounds for video artwork and was later acquired by the Museum of Modern Art New York (MoMA). The most celebrated work, ‘Sound of Ikebana’ (Ikebana: the Japanese art of flower arrangement) is an extension of aforementioned ‘An Expression’, where Tosa passed sound vibrations through paints and oils, capturing their mesmerizing movements with the use of a high-speed camera. The result was organic, elegant movements across coloured textures, all of which carefully selected so as to cohere to a cultural-historical colour iconography. ‘Sound of Ikebana’ was projected on the exterior walls of the Artscience Museum in Singapore, and on over 60 billboards in Times Square New York in partnership with the Japan Society Gallery and Times Square Arts.

 

 

 

Art critic, Professor of Tokyo University of the Arts, and commissioner of the Japan Pavilion for the 46th Venice Biennale in 1995, curator Junji Ito takes on Naoko Tosa: Invisible Beauty in all its ephemerality. Whitestone Gallery Hong Kong has transformed its space for this exhibition, with high tech equipment provided by TELMIC Corp and USHIO Lighting Inc, allowing Naoko Tosa’s work to be “experienced in the most dynamic manner possible.”

Naoko Tosa: Invisible Beauty is on at the Whitestone Gallery Hong Kong until 2 September 2018. 
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