Yanagi, Yukinori (1959 - )

Born in Fukuoka, Yukinori Yanagi graduated from Musashino Art University, Tokyo, with a B.F.A in 1983 and later a M.F.A. in painting in 1985. In 1990, Yanagi completed research in sculpture under a scholarship at Yale University. One of the underlying themes in Yanagi's work is the idea of "symbol." Symbols are only designs, but imply countless different meanings within the minds of people. A flag, for example, represents a nation--its politics, ideology, and concept of nationhood. What might be called his representative work is the "And From Project" series of works consisting of national flags made with colored sand that are gradually moved around by the action of ants, breaking down the design (i.e., the nation itself) and the borders between nations. His main exhibitions include the Lyon Biennale in 1997, Taipei Biennale in 1998, "Landscape Encoded" at the Tate Modern, London in 2000, a solo exhibition at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art in 2002, and the Fukuoka Triennial.
The 38th Parallel (North and South Korean Flag Ant Farm) 1991

MATERIAL: colored sand, glass, frame, plastic tubes
SIZE: 61 x 310