05B4 Harmonic Motion
 

Harmonic Motion

At MACRO the Japanese artist Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam has set up Harmonic Motion / Rete dei draghi, the site specific installation for the seventh edition of “Enel Contemporanea”.

 

Art / Roberto Boccaccino

Can art stay sacred and intellectual, while at the same time being a playful mirror of experiences, sensations, reality and life?

Japanese female artist Toshiko Horiuchi, who grew up in devastated Japan traumatized by the disastrous atomic bombing, firmly believes it can. Over her artistic career, all of her works have seemed to move in this direction: the unpretentious big spider’s webs she makes are real eye-catchers.

Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam, Harmonic Motion / Rete dei draghi, 2013, hand-crochet nylon. “Enel Contemporanea 2013”, MACRO, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma

Japanese female artist Toshiko Horiuchi, who grew up in devastated Japan traumatized by the disastrous atomic bombing, firmly believes it can. Over her artistic career, all of her works have seemed to move in this direction: the unpretentious big spider’s webs she makes are real eye-catchers.

They are the result of long, painstaking manual work whereby through a daily activity like crocheting she braids fibres that develop into a full-blown architectural space. This space exudes an energy that is typical of spectacular movements but results from very unspectacular knitting work that Toshiko Horiuchi devotes herself to with unwavering patience.

Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam, Harmonic Motion / Rete dei draghi, 2013, hand-crochet nylon. “Enel Contemporanea 2013”, MACRO, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma

“Enel Contemporanea 2013” proposes in this way a reflexion about the deep connections between energy and an individual’s intimate personal space. The complex process that produces spiritual energy thus turns into a means of protecting one’s intimate sphere.

Toshiko Horiuchi’s works therefore involve a real comprehensive effort aimed at creating energy; they rely on organic growth rather than on sudden intuition. Her webs celebrate fun and enjoyment, as well as relax and reflection.

Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam, 2238 Harmonic Motion / Rete dei draghi, 2013, hand-crochet nylon. “Enel Contemporanea 2013”, MACRO, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma

The idea that each and everyone of us is connected to the rest of the planet is central to Toshiko Horiuchi’s vision of art. Making sculptures by knitting implies choosing a method that only allows to create works by repeating the same gestures time and again. Her works have little to do with meticulous organization or coordination; they are much more the expression of a homogeneous flow of inspiration, as her art origins from movements that directly result in other movements.

Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam, Harmonic Motion / Rete dei draghi, 2013, hand-crochet nylon. “Enel Contemporanea 2013”, MACRO, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma

Toshiko Horiuchi’s passion for a material like fabric and for its weft is deeply rooted in the artist’s culture that tends to prioritize touch and the connection with one’s own body over the visual aspect of life.

Toshiko Horiuchi explores the interaction between the human body and space, as well as between the human body and matter. Fabric is treated as an additional layer of skin that protects and hides individuals. Her sculptures are places rather than objects and offer their users a chance to hide or feel sheltered.

Art thus becomes a cosy hideaway for both body and mind. In order to approach Toshiko Horiuchi’s works, it is imperative to fully grasp their reassuring spiritual essence.
Francesco Bonami


until December 31, 2014
Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam
Harmonic Motion / Rete dei draghi 2013

Structural design: Norihide Imagawa
Design and production: Charles MacAdam
curated by Francesco Bonami
Enel  contemporanea 2013
MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma
via Nizza 138, Rome

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