Higashionna lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. He noticed the fact that the fluorescent lamp in the circular-bulb style has independently spread in its use at Japanese home in general. His works are both homage and a satire, to the Japanese “fluorescent culture” that fascinates him and at the same time makes him uncomfortable. In his own words, his ultimate aim was “to create a fluorescent-lamp monster!” The dangling light sculptures appear at once grand and beautiful, kitschy and cheap, and are inspired by fanshii (a term derived from the English word ‘fancy’), which is reflected in the Japanese compulsive admiration with Western culture during a period of economic prosperity in the 1970s.
Yuichi Higashionna Exhibition
Date: November 5th – December 11th, 2010
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 19:00 (Closed on Sunday)
Place: Gallery EXIT
Address: G/F, 1 Shin Hing Street, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2541 1299
Text: mariko takei