Tokujin Yoshioka’s ‘Spider’s Thread’ is “a chair born from merely seven threads.” By growing crystals on a structure made of seven thin threads, a crystal structure emerges in the form of a chair.
In the classic Japanese story ‘The Spider’s Thread’, written by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, the Buddha decides to give one chance to a criminal in hell who did the good deed of saving a spider when he was alive. The Buddha takes a thread of a spider in Heaven and lowers it down to Hell so that the criminal can climb up from Hell to the Paradise. “In the story, a thread of a spider is a symbol of slight hope and fragility.” says Yoshioka. “In the process of making ‘VENUS – natural crystal chair (2008)’, a chunk of fiber was used for growing crystals.”
“However, ‘Spider’s Thread’ applies to the structure of natural crystals in an advanced way aiming to produce a form even closer to the natural form. Seven threads are stretched and tighten between the frame like a Spider’s web, and draw a three dimensional sketch of a chair in the air.”
“By growing crystals on this structure made by only seven thin threads, it becomes a crystal structure that set a form of a chair. Simplifying the volume of its form as much as possible and following the natural form, a sculpture of chair will appear formed by the power of nature.”
“The chair which takes its shape in the process of crystallizing the energy of nature. We have gone through the numerous researches and the experiments for this work. In the exhibition, there are three pieces exhibited including the chairs in process to show how the only 7 extra fine threads turns into the shape of a chair.”
‘Spider’s Thread’ is part of Tokujin Yoshioka’s solo exhibition ‘TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA_Crystallize’, on now through January 19, 2014 at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.