Art / Design, England

Making Waves – Yohji Yamamoto

Accidentally, but because we have been taking advantage of all the various things Yohji Yamamoto has been installing around London lately, this journal has become a bit specialised. We make no apologies however because all of his works that we have been to see have impressed us so much and this this was no different; if anything this was the most theatrical and artistic to date.

The Wapping Project is a small disused hydraulic power station that has for some time now contained a restaurant (with mixed reviews) and gallery space surrounded by the old machinery that has been largely left in their original places. Yohji Yamamoto has created an installation, completely blacking out the gallery and filling it with water; a single line of candles and light from a body-form are the only light sources.

As your eyes adjust you soon begin to fully appreciate the dress, designed many years ago, hanging upside down and here, internally lit. Floating in the darkness, its reminiscent of a parachute or jelly-fish; the rowing boat that visitors can use unsettles the water, causing the reflection to warp and dance. This is a truly beautiful installation.

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