Tokujin Yoshioka, born 20 January 1967, is a Japanese artist and designer.
Many of his works are part of the permanent collections of museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Vitra Design Museum in Germany. In 2007, Yoshioka was selected by the Japanese edition of Newsweek as one of the “100 most respected Japanese by the world.”
Crystals growing on the pulse of old music pieces for example Swanlake by Tchaikovksy
Capturing the tonal vibrations of pyotr tchaikovsky’s ‘swan lake’, yoshioka’s painting materializes from the repeated pulsation after a nearly half-year long growth process of crystal formations.
Having nature as his inspiration Tokujin Yoshioka looked even further into its unseen part creating a new portrait. This beautiful, sensitive project observes and experiments with crystals with seductive results’’
’Unknown world stimulates the imagination and have the exceptional potential to expand perceptions of reality. The ‘Crystallized project’ explores the mutual dependency that exists between human’s memories and nature, uses it as creative inspiration, and tries to create a new ‘portrait’ of nature that shakes up the imagination of the person who views it.
People normally view only one aspect of nature. At the same time, however, there are inscrutable and elusive elements of nature that human beings are not able to easily control. Crystallized works adopting the randomness or unexpectedness of nature expresses the beauty that surpasses human’s imagination. Having the small crystal grown in an aquarium, a form takes its appearance over time as if Venus herself gradually emerges from water. Crystal works, the result of the laws of nature and unpredictable beauty, give full of possibilities for the future of creation, which is believed to return to nature.’