GASBOOK 26 「FL」 YUICHI HIGASHIONNA
Following GASBOOK 25, which was published in conjunction with the refract show at Calm Punk Gallery, GASBOOK 26 by Yuichi Higashionna is a collection of chandelier works using fluorescent lights.
In 2012, to commemorate the publication of this book, Yuichi Higashionna exhibited his ongoing works, including drawings and tableaux, as a spatial installation centering on fluorescent chandeliers at CALM PUNK GALLERY and NADiff Gallery at the same time.
The "Chandelier" series of fluorescent lamps that I started in 2011 was moving away from its original intention of being an ironic self-reference to Japan's obsession with fluorescent lamps and toward a more gorgeous light object (light art). I think the direction was shifting in the direction of strengthening the aspect of gorgeous light objects (light art).
At the same time, as is the fate of art that relies on technology, changes in the social environment (power shortages after 3.11) and the emergence of new technologies (LEDs) have forced changes in the way artworks are viewed and accepted.
Through the publication of the book "FL" and these two exhibitions, I would like to explore again what can be expressed by using fluorescent light, a medium that in a sense symbolizes the mentality of postwar Japan and is now in a transitional period.
Artist. Born and lives in Tokyo.
Since the early 1990s, he has been using a series of "fancy things" that are ubiquitous in daily life as motifs to express the "eeriness" that lurks in them.
His representative works include the chandelier series and the FL (Flower) series, in which artificial flowers and lace are molded with spray paint.
Major exhibitions he has participated in include "Rokko Meets Art: Art Walk 2012" (Rokko Garden Terrace and others), "If There Was Art II - The Case of Private Collections by Nine Collectors" (Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, 2013), and Roppongi Art Night 2015.
Major group exhibitions include "THE MASKED PORTRAIT" Marian Boesky Gallery/New York, USA (2008), "Roppongi Crossing 2007: Pulse of the Future" Mori Art Museum/Tokyo (2007), "Pleasant House" Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art/Aichi (2006), "Officina Asia," Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna / Bologna, Italy (2004).
He has also done artwork for stores such as Comme des Garçons, H.P. France, and Herms.
In 2008, he was the first Japanese to win the Bombay Sapphire Prize 2008, the world's largest award for artists working with glass.
Number of pages : 52 P
Release date : January 1, 2012
ISBN 13 :978-4990472603