David Zwirner is pleased to present Sculpture, an exhibition by Yutaka Sone in the London gallery. The show brings together the artist’s three sculptures of island cities–Hong Kong Island (Chinese) (1998), Little Manhattan (2007– 2009), and the recently completed Venezia (2013)–each metropolis intricately miniaturized into a single block of marble. Exhibited together for the first time, they span over twenty years of Sone's practice, and occupy a momentous part of his oeuvre.
Across a wide range of media–predominantly sculpture but also painting, drawing, photography, video, and performance–Sone's work revolves around a tension between realism and perfection. A conceptual framework, paired with a meticulous attention to detail, has characterized his practice since the early 1990s, informing equally his self-contained jungle environments, life-size roller coasters, magnified snowflakes, and staged events. His sculptures in particular attest to a profound interest in landscapes, whether natural or architectural, and their ability to capture light relates them to a genre primarily associated with painting and photography.
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