‘Love’ and the lost are among the top draws at the Yokohama Triennale

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Staff Writer

Strongly influenced by the Ray Bradbury novel “Fahrenheit 451,” this year’s Yokohama Triennale is divided into 11 different chapters (sections), each with its own theme.

Some of the pieces, such as the exhibition’s largest, Michael Landy’s 30-sq.-meter “Art Bin,” make enough of an impact to stand out from their respective themes. Here are some of the must-see artists at the Triennale:

Gimhongsok: Placed outside of the museum as a part of the introduction to the Triennale is “Love” by South Korean artist Gimhongsok. He has recreated Robert Indiana’s well-known piece of the same title. Unlike the original, which is brightly colored, the artist has used a crooked, silver surface that reflects light and distorts the form.

Ikko Narahara: Two collections by photographer Ikko Narahara were selected by artistic director Yasumasa Morimura for the exhibition. “Garden of Silence” and “Within the Walls” both originate from Ikko’s “Domains” series, and the collections will be exhibited next to one another. Although it may not have been the original intention of the artist, the black-and-white collections point out the unexpected similarities between a Trappist monastery in Hokkaido and a women’s prison in Wakayama Prefecture.

Michio Fukuoka: Osaka-born sculptor Michio Fukuoka is known for landscape sculptures that are engaged with their environments, and pieces where he takes thousands of words and engraves them onto a flat surface. He also works on pieces that are more cubic such as a “Pink Balloons” series that features “air” as its concept. The piece Fukuoka is bringing to the Triennale, titled “Why did I ever fly?,” follows a somewhat similar style to “Pink Balloons.”