No Shadow


Japanese artist Makoto Tojiki is engrossed by light. He uses light in ways that create impressive illusions and unique out of this world experiences in a inconspicuous and inquisitive manner. He creates large animal and human sculptures made up of strands of light, evoking a sense of playfulness, awe and possibility. I find myself absorbed within his work, unable to stop staring. Graduating from Kinki university in 1998 as an industrial design engineer and after a period designing home appliances, he launched his art career in 2003. Of the No Shadows pieces, he says “An object is seen when our eyes capture light that is reflected from the object. If we extract just the light that is reflected from ‘something’, are we still in the presence of that ‘something’? Using contours of light, I try to express this ‘something’.

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