Horses, birds, light reflections – luminous art from Japan

Horses, birds, light reflections – luminous art from Japan

Japanese artist Makoto Tojiki makes sculptures out of tiny LED lights. Tojiki gained attention in Europe with a work from the “No Shadow” series for the luxury textile manufacturer Hermès: the glowing orange horse galloped imaginarily through the halls of the Grand Palais in Paris during the Saut Hermes show jumping tournament in 2010. The artist’s more recent works, such as the cellist and the light installation Hope and Dream, appear even more fascinating.

Tojiki graduated as an industrial designer in Japan in 1998 and has been working as an artist since 2003. Light is his medium. The “No Shadow” series is inspired by the idea of how the interconnectedness of light and shadow can be manipulated and controlled. Tojiki begins his creative process by analysing and capturing the essence of the symbiosis of light and shadow. The results are sculptures that are not static, images in motion – fleeting and dazzling.

Makoto Tojiki’s artworks sometimes show up as teenage dreams – like toys and sometimes science fiction. And always there is something magical about it. The light sculptures are perfected in their reception by the audience. When and for what reason does the viewer’s perception of an object change? Or does the object change in the viewer’s perception? These are the questions Tojiki explores in his works – in his artistic creations.

Makoto Tojiki - light artwork
Makoto Tojiki - light artwork
Makoto Tojiki - light artwork - bird in a cage

More lights and shadows: www.makototojiki.com

Photos: (c) Makoto Tojiki

Hope and Dream, Makoto Tojiki, 2012
Makoto Tojiki bei der Arbeit
Man in the rain, Makoto Tojiki, 2013
Princess Leia, Makoto Tojiki, 2014
Cellist, Makoto Tojiki, 2014
Cellist, Makoto Tojiki, 2014
The Man with No Shadow, Makoto Tojiki, 2009
Horse with No Shadow, Makoto Tojiki, 2010
Horse with No Shadow, Makoto Tojiki, 2010
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