Tetsuro Kano “A Tree as a City”

Yuka Tsuruno Gallery

poster for Tetsuro Kano “A Tree as a City”
[Image: Tetsuro Kano “New Plants” (2015) Photo: Yosuke Takeda]

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Tetsuro Kano’s first solo exhibition in three years will showcase sculptures and drawings, with a focus on the “New Plants” series that explores the perception of plants by birds, small animals, insects, and microorganisms. Taking biologist Jakob von Uexküll’s concept of umwelt (often translated as “self-centered world”) as an inspiration, Kano is interested in the diversity of the worlds perceived by different organisms found in human spheres of everyday life.

The title of the exhibition derives from architect and design theorist Christopher Alexander’s essay “A City is Not a Tree.” Alexander criticized the artificial framework of the tree diagram as applied to urban planning, and called for the “natural” city with a semi-lattice structure where complex relationships are established over time. Onto this natural city, Kano superimposes Uexküll’s tree, understood as a heterogeneous milieu that takes on different roles for different organisms. Having studied architecture and environmental design, Kano has discerned values and meanings that slip through human intentions by observing plants.



from January 21, 2017 to February 25, 2017
Exhibition Hours: Tue–Thu, Sat 11:00-18:00; Fri 11:00-20:00. Closed on Monday, Sunday, and National Holidays.

Opening Reception on 2017-01-21 from 18:00 to 20:00


Tetsuro Kano



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