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Takashi Soga: Meditations on Gravity
by Sherry Chayat

 

Silent Beam, 2001. Painted steel and lead, 10.2 x 26.7 x 9.1 ft.


“The earth we all rely on is, in fact, an unsteady ball floating in space,” wrote Haruhiko Fuji. Takashi Soga gives visual form to this maxim. His disorienting monumental structures disrupt our reliance on terra firma, our expectations of spatial relationships, our assumptions about the very ground of what we call reality. Working in steel, stone, bronze, lead, tin plate, and painted aluminum, Soga uses an ingenious method of counterbalances to create pieces that hover weightlessly, disconnected from any visible means of support. Elements shift subtly, responding to our movements and to the slightest of air currents.

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