Times Square, Hong Kong
September 27 – October 31, 2013
Times Square Hong Kong
Open Piazza and 2/F Atrium
1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
LeBasse Projects continues its exhibition series at Hong Kong Times Square with ‘submerged,’ a spectacular exhibition and installation from Yoskay Yamamoto. The exhibition features a series of Yamamoto’s sculptures in a range of scales and sizes – from 3 inch hand carved works all the way up to a pair of 30 foot tall sculptures that are designed to be interactive with Times Square HK’s nearly 150k daily visitors. Through this special exhibition, Yamamoto aims to create an installation to uplift people’s spirit through their experience with the installation.
The exhibition is set in two parts with a series of large scale ‘submerged’ series sculptures on view in Times Square’s outdoor courtyard. A set of 30ft tall sculptures are flanked by a planned series of another dozen smaller scaled sculptures ranging from 2-8ft. The central pair of sculptures is additionally designed to interact with the public. The interior of one sculpture contains a ‘wishing tree’ – Yamamoto’s concept based on the traditional Japanese temples and shrines – where visitors are able to leave wishes and prayers for themselves and loved ones. Here visitors are encouraged to leave their wishes on a multi-colored series of notes designed by Yamamoto as ‘leaves’ – and in the process will transform the interior tree over the course of the exhibit. While based in the traditional Japanese culture, the artist believes that contextualizing ones wishes or goals helps you to achieve them, and he wanted to give visitors this opportunity.
Surrounding the central two works are a continued series of ‘submerged’ heads in a range of scales and colors. This continues Yamamoto’s recent theme of playing with patterns, size and repetition – though at a more significant scale than anything in the artists past. Continuing the idea of interactivity these outdoor sculptures are intended to be touched and enjoyed by the general public.
While the outdoor works are intended to be interacted with, the exhibition continues into the atrium gallery where twenty five new ‘submerged’ hand-carved wood sculptures are arranged along one long pedestal, again playing with the themes of repetition and pattern. These works are enhanced by a series of six new paintings and several more large scale sculptures along with an artist designed floor pattern – covering the ground in both outdoor and gallery areas.
This is Yamamoto’s debut in creating large scale public installation, and via this exhibition, he hopes people can participate, interact and truly experience his work – because although Yamamoto has envisioned the sculptures, the public will play a huge role in finishing this installation.
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