A group of Japanese artists known as teamLab are currently presenting a compilation of digital works for the exhibition Ultra Subjective Space at The Pace Gallery.
Founded in 2001 by Toshiyuki Inoke and several college classmates, teamLab is comprised of individuals striving to find a balance between technology, art, commerce, and creativity. Their talents range from animation to performanceto fashion design to mathematics and even to medical science.
The works in this show revolve around the notion of spatial awareness. For instance, one piece is titled Crows are chased and the chasing crows are destined to be chased as well. Division in Perspective—Light in Dark, makes use of “Itano Circus,” a special Japanese animation technique crated by Ichiro Itano. The name “Itano Circus” describes the artist’s unique style of flight choreography.
The piece illustrates a mythical three-legged crow known as Yatagarasu, who flies up into space followed by more swarms of crows.
Other works in the show include Flower and Corpse Glitch Set of 12 which tells the story of Japanese Civilization, as well as instances of natural disaster, war, and rebirth.
Similarly, Ever Blossoming Life Gold and Dark illustrates images of flowers in their stages of life from blooming, to wilting, to shedding their petals.
Universe of Water Particles captures a powerful scene of a waterfall descending down five vertically stacked monitors, while Cold Life, by the calligrapher Sisyu, conveys the meaning of life through a series of brushstrokes that grow and transform into a tree that eventually gives way to new life.
TeamLab has exhibited extensively throughout Asia and abroad.