North America Exhibition Debut Featuring More Than 100 Architectural Models
LOS ANGELES – OCT. 24, 2018 – JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles is pleased to present SOU FUJIMOTO: FUTURES OF THE FUTURE, a free exhibition featuring more than 100 architectural models and large-scale photographs of international projects by acclaimed Japanese architect, Sou Fujimoto, from October 27 to December 12. Approximately 40 works from Fujimoto’s Architecture is Everywhere will accompany this exhibition making it a unique exploration of his past and current projects, from complex models, to reimagining the future with small-scale human figures placed next to ordinary, everyday objects such as potato chips. Named the Wall Street Journal’s 2014 Architecture Innovator of the Year, Fujimoto has designed buildings around the world since establishing his atelier in 2000.
A reoccurring theme in Fujimoto’s work is the “primitive future.” This apparent contradiction refers to the primordial, intuitive moments that reconnect us with our own humanity, and open us up to new possibilities. JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles’ “FUTURES OF THE FUTURE” exhibition seeks to share this empowering experience with visitors. It invites them to participate in Fujimoto’s thought experiment surrounding the possibilities of architecture and, as a result, be inspired to reimagine the future in any shape or form.
Fujimoto addresses many opposite concepts in addition to the “primitive future.” His designs often feature juxtapositions of outside and inside, nature and urbanity, objects and spaces, public and private. His projects feature unexpected transitions, such as “Museum in a Forest” (Taoyuan, Taiwan 2013) where a path gradually leads visitors from lush, green woods to the white walls of a gallery, and “Toilet in Nature” (Chiba, Japan 2012), where public and private are brazenly mixed.
In Fujimoto’s breakout piece, “Serpentine Pavilion” (London, UK 2013), hard-edged white poles descend onto a London park in a pattern that is simultaneously natural and mechanical. It considers the macro and micro of when an object becomes a space. The result is a piece that somehow manages to be part landscape, functional furniture, and an enclosing building, all at once.
The exhibition also includes several works from “Architecture is Everywhere.” This series presents miniature models created by placing small-scale human figures next to ordinary, everyday objects. The whimsical installation focuses on how architecture must be found (sometimes by chance) before it can be created with intent.
SOU FUJIMOTO: FUTURES OF THE FUTURE is made possible in collaboration with TOTO GALLERY·MA, Tokyo and sponsorship provided by ANA.
Designing the Future
Date: Thursday, Oct. 25
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Venue: Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)
ABOUT JAPAN HOUSE
JAPAN HOUSE is an innovative, worldwide project with three hubs, London, Los Angeles and Sao Paulo, conceived by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Kenya Hara is Chief Creative Director. It seeks to nurture a deeper understanding and appreciation of Japan in the international community. JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles occupies two floors at Hollywood & Highland. The 2nd floor features a gallery space and shop. The 5th floor, officially opened in August 2018, hosts a Japanese restaurant (opening late 2018), relaxing library, and event venue, along with spectacular views of Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles. The 2nd floor opened December 2017. With the completion of the 5th floor, JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles officially opens its doors to the public as a place of new discovery that transcends the physical and conceptual boundaries creating experiences that reflect the best of Japan.
Location: 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
ABOUT TOTO GALLERY·MA
TOTO GALLERY·MA was founded in 1985 in Tokyo, Japan. It specializes in architecture and design and is operated by TOTO Ltd., Japan’s leading manufacturer of sanitary equipment and plumbing hardware. We aim to contribute broadly to the fostering of architecture and design culture by inviting exhibitors to convey their ideas to society. The gallery takes its name from the Japanese concept of ma-ai, which describes the spatiotemporal intervals or connective voids that are perceived between people, time, and space. For more information, visit https://jp.toto.com/gallerma/index_e.htm.
TOTO USA is headquarters for the Americas Division of the TOTO Global Group, which was established in 1917 with the founding of TOTO Ltd., in Kitakyushu, Japan. TOTO is the world’s largest plumbing manufacturer with $4.9 billion dollars in annual sales. For over 100 years, TOTO has been the recognized leader in innovation, technology, performance, and design with products that enhance the luxury bathroom experience. With three centers devoted to research and development, TOTO engineers products that respect the environment while meeting people's needs for comfort, beauty and performance. Winner of numerous domestic and international awards, TOTO is the only plumbing manufacturer honored as Water Efficiency Leader by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For more information, visit www.totousa.com or call 1.888.295.8134, Option 5.