Takahiro Iwasaki “Looking at the Sky through the Eye of a Needle”


poster for Takahiro Iwasaki “Looking at the Sky through the Eye of a Needle”
[Image: Takahiro Iwasaki "Tectonic Model (Pascale Cossart “La nouvelle microbiologie”)" (2020) ©Takahiro Iwasaki]

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Looking at the Sky through the Eye of a Needle, the title of this exhibition is a metaphor for attempting to judge things by viewing them solely from your own narrow perspective alone.
It is a humorous expression that brings to mind the image of ourselves, little existences on this earth, looking up into the universe through a needle’s eye. Nevertheless, the miniaturization and view from the sky like a bird’s, which are characteristic of Iwasaki’s work, also hold a centrifugal vector for linkage from a certain landscape to the world itself.

Constellation, one of the works displayed in this exhibition, appears to depict a nighttime sky filled with countless sparkling stars. In reality, however, it is a picture of a nightscape mapped with actual positional data for corporate logos for convenience stores, fast food restaurants, automobile manufacturers, large retail chain stores, and other businesses that are actually in the Shinagawa area. These are combined with the “stars” made by tracing the droplets ejected into the air by sneezes. The scale changes along with the perspective in this work, which presents a layered world with both visible and invisible strata.

In Countryside, The Future, an exhibition currently being held at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the architect and urbanist Rem Koolhaas conveys the current shape and possibilities of countrysides (areas other than big cities), which are agilely accomplishing radical transformations tailored to the unique personality of the locale, in contrast to cities, which are becoming increasingly uniform with the progress of globalization.

This solo exhibition will be held simultaneously with that by the maestro Chu Enoki, a rare artist whom Iwasaki reveres as his mentor, and for whom he has worked as an assistant. We would also like to note that Focal Distance, another solo exhibition by Iwasaki, is now being held at Sky Gallery, on the 46th floor of Shibuya Sky, an observation deck facility in the Shibuya Scramble Square.



from December 05, 2020 to January 31, 2021
Exhibition Hours 12:00-18:00. Closed from December 27 to January 11. Open from Tuesdays to Sundays.



Venue Hours

From 11:00 To 18:00
fridays closing at 20:00
Closed on Mondays, Sundays, Holidays


Address: 4F Terrada Art Complex, 1-33-10 Higashi Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0002
Phone: 03-6433-2988 Fax: 03-6433-2988

9 minute walk from exit B at Tennozu Isle Station on the Rinkai line, 10 minute walk from the South exit of Tennozu Isle Station on the Tokyo Monorail line, 9 minute walk from the North exit of Shimbamba Station on the Keikyu line.

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