BFA, Tokyo Geijutsu University, Tokyo, Japan, 1988
Japanese artist Yutaka Sone's work explores the tension between realism and perfection. Using painting, sculpture, installation, film, and performance, Sone's art addresses his desire to define "indefinite domains." Often he chooses his subjects from actual locations—Hong Kong, a roller coaster, a mountain range, the Los Angeles highway, a rainforest—then recreates the environment using marble, crystal, or natural materials, reminding the viewer of the relationship between the natural and constructed world.
The meticulous attention to structure in Sone's art—from his crystal snowflakes to his marble Highway Junction series—can be attributed to his master's degree in architecture. Representing Japan in the 2003 Venice Biennale, along with Motohiko Odani, Sone created video, sculpture, and drawings of "unreachable places," modeled on actual sites but not completely grounded in reality.
Yutaka Sone Gallery Art
David Zwirner, New York, NY
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, Mito, Japan
Daros Collection, Zürich, Switzerland
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Kanazawa City Museum of Art, Kanazawa, Japan
Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Tate Collection, London, England