Sunday, 4 September 2011

Yokohama Triennale

Yesterday I had a bit of a sore head after my Bulgari outing, but I met up with my friends Tatsuya and Arthur for a trip to the Yokohama Triennale. It was a really lovely day of meandering around the two main galleries that were showing works from artists from all over the world. Each gallery was quite different to each other, with one being the Yokohama Museum of Art and the other was the Bank Art Studio, an old warehouse on the waterfront. We started off there and I loved the space - a raw, open area that showed off the work amazingly well. Our favourite piece was by Christian Marclay who created 'The Clock'. It is constructed out of moments in movies when time is expressed or when a character interacts with a clock. He has excerpted thousands of fragments of film and edited them together so that they flow in real time. It was amazingly done and quite compelling, especially with big sofas to lounge on!
I loved this tree idea where the tree 'grew' through three floors of the art space.

From a distance this wall looked like it belonged in a nightclub. Up close I realised it was hundreds of pushpins/drawing pins meticulously lined up to create a disco wall.
This cluster of beautiful blue glass globes looked like enormous teardrops suspended from the ceiling.
This exhibit was very tactile and I loved the swirls of colours. It turns out that each swirl consisted of cut up used clothing and was inspired by cans of film, evoking the notion of a 'life film'. The core is made from underwear fabric, followed by a t-shirt, blouse, and ultimately reaching the jacket - like a slice cut from a tree. At first you just see the interesting colour choices and appreciate the layouts, then as you look closer you see Nike labels and zippers sticking out, which makes it become more everyday.

These sculptures were made from sea salt and looked like sea urchins suspended in mid air.
I'm not completely sure what this was meant to portray, but Arthur enjoyed getting a steaming.

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