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Yutaka Sone at the Forum

Snow

Based in Los Angeles and dividing his time between Mexico and China, Japanese artist Yutaka Sone is the guest of the Forum, in Tokyo, with Snow, an installation inspired by mountain snowscapes, both real and imagined.

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Yutaka Sone at the Forum
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Yutaka Sone (b.1965) is represented in the world's leading museums and art biennales. His work includes painting, drawing, performance, sculpture and video, using a variety of materials (marble, crystal, resin) to explore the multiple forms of nature.

From tiny crystal snowflakes to pieces carved in marble, or coloured drawings, Sone takes inspiration from the landscape, and outdoor snow scenes in particular. The series Every Snowflake has a Different Shape features snowflakes hand-carved in crystal – at once solid and fragile, reflecting and refracting the light. Each flake has a unique form, as in nature.

Sone also explores the theme of memory, reconstructing amusing scenes evoking his passion for skiing, and the sensations experienced on the snow-bound slopes. His meditations on nature, memory and the beauty of the landscape are the expression of an inner journey: his work does not attempt to reproduce nature, but to create a 'dreamscape' enveloping his entire being and where the emanations of his own body are like snowflakes, a crystallised proof of his existence.

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