Junya Ishigami "How small? How vast? How architecture grows."
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Architect Junya Ishigami exhibited in the Japanese pavilion in 2008 and participated in a group show in 2010 at the Venice Biennale of Architecture. He was awarded the Architectural Institute of Japan's AIJ Prize in 2009. Such activities, both in Japan and abroad, have made him one of the most closely watched contemporary architects. Ishigami's approach is marked by a distinct freedom from existing concepts as he pursues new possibilities for architecture. He says about his works: “I view architecture as one way to open up those realms that are still unknown to us.”
Ishigami is currently working on a book with the London-based Thames & Hudson art publishing house, scheduled for release in 2011. This book will introduce about 100 of Ishigami's projects, past, new and still-unpublicized, as well as explore his thinking about architecture itself.
This exhibition presents about sixty of these works, mainly in the form of architectural models. Among these, little gardens conceptualizes the insides of dozens of fingertip-sized cups as spaces in which to exhibit tiny flowers and plants on miniscule walls; landscape for the old museum re-designs the garden surrounding an old Scottish museum to renew and regenerate the museum itself; and big patio surrounds by architecture the large fields and mountains and other landscapes around cities to create a courtyard-like space and retranslates this as the urban environment, in the process bringing the scale of the natural environment and the scale of the city into equivalence. These projects make little clear distinction between that which actually exists and that which is an extension of the actually existing, and since they result from thinking of these as equivalents, in the background there is always research for specialists and the attendant concrete trials in the form of physical calculations and theoretical development, all going beyond categorical architecture. For Junya Ishigami, all of these are part of his pursuit of the possibilities of architecture.
Junya Ishigami says that in today's world we need an architecture that goes beyond conventional values and scales, as the range of people's awareness expands in an age where it is possible to find out about almost anything in the world in an instant. As suggested by its title, Ishigami's conviction and hope for this exhibition is that it will “help us think about the possibilities for expanding the scale of architecture—planets and architecture, particles and architecture, everything in between and beyond architecture and architecture.”
The Shiseido Gallery invites one and all to experience the world of Junya Ishigami as he advances this architectural vision steadily from the present into the future.
Gallery talk also scheduled. See website for details.
From 2010-08-24 To 2010-10-17
"How small? How vast? How architecture grows." exhibition at Shiseido Gallery.