There are several artists that have recently arrived at Tokyo Wonder Site and everyone showed examples of their work at the open studio yesterday. I wandered around the building inspired by the range of projects.
Yishay Garbasz is an artist, living in Berlin, who spent several years working on a book titled “In My Mother’s Footsteps”. Here is an excerpt describing the project from her website:
“In My Mother’s Footsteps is an exploration of the inheritance of memory as well as a healing process. Garbasz’s mother was born in Berlin in 1929 and fled from the Nazis with her family to Holland in 1933. In 1942, at the age of fourteen, she was incarcerated and deported to Westerbork, then to Theresienstadt. Via Auschwitz-Birkenau, she arrived in Christianstadt and was sent in April 1945 on one of the infamous death marches to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where she was liberated by British forces.
In the making of this project, Garbasz traced her mother’s path for a year, often on foot, over long distances. The large camera forced her to spend time at each location, letting the image come to her, opening herself and the lens to what was there, admitting her own vulnerability.”
Monica Studer and Christoph van den Berg have created a digitally generated animation titled “Dark Matter”. The six minute video projection is a strange combination of colors and shapes that appear to be multiplying like cells, looking reminiscent of something familiar, but in the end not referring to anything in particular. Monica describes the subject as “a digitally primordial soup”.
Luo Jr-Shin installs a sculpture made from found objects that invites the viewer to create a narrative. There is a wooden cabinet, a pile of salt, a decorative rug, eyeglasses and the peculiar detail of an egg yolk that sits suspended on the broken lens. A napkin sits under the glasses soaking up the liquid from the egg. These elements together have a surreal quality and you can’t help but imagine what could possibly have brought this scene together.