Taipei, July 19 (CNA) An art exhibition featuring works by Japanese artist Asao Tokolo, the creator of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games emblems, opened in Taipei on Tuesday, with the artist taking the media in a guided tour and talking about geometry and paper cranes.
Tokolo, who works in the interdisciplinary fields of art, architecture and design, is excellent at creating abundant and variable patterns and designs using geometric figures. For example, he is well known for designing the logos and podiums for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, using three different rectangles and other shapes.
During the guided tour of the exhibition entitled “ASAO TOKOLO [CONNECT]”The artist told reporters why he designed different patterns based on the concept of ‘connection’.
According to Tokolo, his inspiration came from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in the United States.
“This very big tragedy is actually a kind of breakup. Some people will use words to express the feeling of this kind of breakup, or record it. I’m not good at using words, so I use graphics to express the feeling of wanting the world to focus on connecting,” he said.
The Japanese artist, who came to Taiwan on July 10 in preparation for his first solo exhibition in the country, said he hopes the exhibition can establish more ties between Taiwan and Japan.
Noting that Taiwan and Japan have very good relations, Tokolo said he couldn’t do anything special about it, but “If I hold this exhibition, it will definitely be a great honor to help strengthen the friendship between Japan and Taiwan,” he said. added.
Tokolo brought a number of new works to the exhibition in Taiwan, including a piece titled “KumapongG”, a drawing of a bear’s face based on the Golden Rule of Aesthetics, a co-creation with the architects Shintaro Tsuruoka and Yuko Odaira and an art installation entitled “Once in a 1000 Cranes Higashi Matsushima 2020” in memory of the great earthquake of March 2011 in eastern Japan.
Nearly 300 works with classical patterns are displayed at the exhibition, including a group of 1,000 origami paper cranes folded by Taiwanese nationals invited by the event organizers to convey blessings to the world.
According to Japanese legend, anyone who folds 1,000 paper cranes will be granted a wish.
“ASAO TOKOLO [CONNECT]is being held simultaneously at the 6th-floor exhibition hall of the Eslite Xinyi store and its first-floor entrance on Songgao Road until August 14, as well as at the Eslite Spectrum Nanxi and Eslite Spectrum Songyan stores.