Shaping Air: Weightless Architecture
In Japan, art traditionally appreciates organic beauty. It is not unusual for this beauty to be alimented by the juxtaposition which it celebrates: as gracious as a spider’s web may appear when it glimmers in the sun, it soon becomes ruthless and powerful when it wraps itself around whatever it has trapped in its seemingly fragile fibres. In amongst all of its ambivalence, the sophisticated construction is a picture of perfect harmony.
Just as the spider’s web traps its prey, the web of the Japanese artist Yasuaki Onishi traps his vision: making the invisible visible. Taking hold of the untouchable. Putting nothing on a stage.
With the aid of simple means such as foils, glue and light, the master of Reverse of Volume has managed to put emptiness on the stage in an awe-inspiring way. His artwork inescapably draws observers into the spell of the vacuum. His installations float ethereally in the air and define the moment with a hint of that which once was.
Time. Space. Gravity. Onishi usually spins his web around abstract phenomena. Yet for the first time in his career he has turned his attention to matter. In this project, he has set himself the challenge of taming the untameable. The CLA from Mercedes-Benz provided him with the shaping element: "It’s got something organic about it; a natural, aerodynamic form. I think the parallels to my artwork can definitely be found here." But a CLA doesn’t hang around for long, not even for the most gifted of artists – its need to thrust forward orders it to break out, its instinct taking it back onto the streets. What remains is an architecture of weightlessness, which uses subtlety to tell a story of power. Silent yet insistent.
Fuel consumption (combined): 7.1-4.2 l/100km | CO2 emission (combined): 165-109 g/km*