Yutaka Sone

The Renaissance Society

Bringing the outside inside is an established artistic strategy, but rarely is it taken to the lengths Yutaka Sone attains in his recent show at the Renaissance Society, “Forecast: Snow.” Sone transformed its three-thousand-square-foot-plus interior into a timberline wonderland, with a meandering path, a hundred pine trees, and extensive drifts of fake snow. Placed in and around this montanic mock-up were forty-five of his sculptures, paintings, and drawings, all of them reflecting the alpine theme. It was more of a total environment than a simple installation, lining the building’s interior so thoroughly that the functioning of its heating system was impeded, making the gallery appropriately cooler. Weaving through Sone’s constructed hills and valleys had some of the allure of a thrill ride—the sheer spectacle carried towards complete simulacrum, a sort of interior earthwork. “Forecast:

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