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Yutaka Sone, The Light Between Trees #3, 2010, crystal, 12 5/8 x 12 5/8 x 9 1/2". Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery.

Yutaka Sone

MAISON HERMES 8F LE FORUM/TOKYO OPERA CITY ART GALLERY

Yutaka Sone, The Light Between Trees #3, 2010, crystal, 12 5/8 x 12 5/8 x 9 1/2". Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery.

Yutaka Sone’s playful pursuit of the imaginary, the realm of fantasy, and physical affects provides a powerful alternative to the prevalent tendency of contemporary Japanese sculpture to simulate subcultural icons. Since his public emergence in 1993, Sone has placed contradiction at the core of his artistic practice, making gratuitous efforts for an apparently incidental purpose, or capturing in sculpture heightened perceptions of specific places—perceptions frequently attained through the disruption of habit by means of travel and athletics—turning the transient effects of light, speed, and movement into concrete forms.

Sone’s two recent solo exhibitions in Tokyo brought to the fore the conceptual process governing his hard-to-categorize artwork. In “Snow,” the show at Maison Hermes 8F Le Forum, Sone installed Ski Lift, 2004–2005, a marble sculpture of a forest straddled

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