Ants, colored sand, plastic box, plastic pipe
45.0 x 105.0 Size (cm)
17.7 x 41.3 Size (in)Born 1959 in Fukuoka, Japan
Lives and works in Hiroshima, Japan
Avant-garde artist Yukinori Yanagi presents a series of signature artworks in which various images of national flags and currencies made of colored sand are encased in plastic boxes. Inside, ants – representing anonymous existence – voluntarily carry sand through tubes connecting the boxes. Over time the images gradually dissolve and intermix, leaving a trace of destruction that humorously articulates for the viewers the vulnerability of the authorized
nationalistic identity and legal tender. The series resonates with the multi-layered contexts seen in recent social phenomena such as Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution and Great Britain’s Brexit.
Yukinori Yanagi earned an MFA in sculpture from Yale University. He received the Aperto Award at the 45th Venice Biennale and continues to participate in numerous exhibitions. His work can be found in major museums such as MoMA in New York and Tate Modern in London.