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Yoichiro Kawaguchi – Gross Tendril

Posted in People, Places by tokyobling on May 3, 2013

One of Japan’s more famous artists, but still relatively unknown outside the country is Tokyo University professor Yoichiro Kawaguchi (河口洋一郎) whose pioneering work in computer graphics and almost organic CGI creations have been inspiring art students in Japan since the 1970’s. This man was doodling on his computer before I was even born! I saw this work, the Gross Tendril, at Tokyo Design Week last year. It is a good example of his funky pop-art influence sculpture that is clearly grounded in mathematics and algorithm. Maybe you remember the gun toting samurai warriors that I posted a few days ago? Mr. Kawaguchi is from the same little island as those guns – Tanegashima.






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  1. yoshizen said, on May 3, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Aha, yet another Mandelbrot piece ?
    Japanese was famous to carry out the same endless repeated work
    which originates from Buddhist’s practice to do the things without thinking.
    So, the Mandelbrot pattern is the good sample to do though, other than
    to the maker himself, to put a pot of Tree Fern (which has its pattern)
    might be better for a peace of mind. 😀


    • tokyobling said, on May 3, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      Mr. Kawaguchi’s art is all based in nature, so there is probably the seed of a tree fern inside this work! (^-^) And yes, Japanese are famous for the repeat unitl it becomes automatic – wax on, wax off! (^-^)


  2. C said, on May 5, 2013 at 4:23 am

    Ohh, I was thinking…tentacles. Bad me! Let me think about those baby ferns I saw in NZ instead, unfurling (uncurling?) to new beginnings. Yep, that’s better 🙂


    • tokyobling said, on May 5, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      Not everything in Japan is about tentacles! (^-^;) You’ve had too much sushi!


      • C said, on May 5, 2013 at 6:09 pm

        Haha…as Homer would probably say, Mmm…fried octopus balls (I can’t eat tentacles otherwise, gaa! Total wuss, I am)


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