The David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea is currently presenting a collection of work by Yutaka Sone for the exhibition Day and Night.
For his seventh show at the gallery, Sone presents paintings of major cities at night that were modeled after his large-scale marble sculptures that reflect his interest in both natural and architectural landscapes. Sone captures the energetic and enthusiastic ambience of nightlife in major cities like Hong Kong that beautifully illustrates the bright lights and billboards on small and tall buildings that can be seen on the city’s waterfront, and dark hills obscured in the back with miniscule homes representing the suburbs. Similar paintings include The Light at That Time which beautifully captures lower Manhattan at night with the glowing lights of the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridges, and Amusement in the Night depicts the scene of an amusement park at night as the title suggests with traditional rides such as a Ferris wheel, a roller coaster, a merry-go-round, and a tilting swing.
In addition to his paintings, Sone presents a small-scale geometric marble sculpture known as Movie Theater that illustrates a staircase leading to a movie theater where the screen is hit with the point of a right triangle to create the illusion of the screen omitting light reaching audience members.
Sone’s fascination with palm trees is also evident as indicated in his Sky and Palm Tree Head series of paintings, and a large-scale Tropical Composition/Canary Island Palm Tree series of large-scale sculptures. Sone created his palm tree paintings in his garden in his Los Angeles home, capturing their true essence with vibrant, evergreen leaves that compliment the bright, blue sky in the background. The sculptures represent Sone’s inner ongoing dialogue between natural and manmade structures. Sone created this piece with help from local artists from the Michoacán region in Mexico. The trees are made from rattan that is woven around a metal framework. The works in this series are Sone’s largest to date to date standing between one and two meters tall.
Yutaka Sone was born in Japan and studied fine art and architecture at Tokyo Geijutsu University. He’s been a member of the David Zwirner gallery since 1999 and his large-scale marble sculpture Little Manhattan created between 2007 and 2009 is currently on view at the High Line until March 2016.
At David Zwirner, 525 W. 19th St., through Feb. 20. The gallery is open Tue.-Sat. from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.