please can we meet 9pm this friday
12 september at unga park in yokohama?
please come dressed in splendid white?
please can we be quiet, not a single voice?
follow white rabbit
"boy by the sea" is made of basswood, fish scales, 88,888 faux pearls, pine wood block, wood stain, white powder pigments, white acrylic paint, four meters white muslin cloth, a few drops of water from yokohama sea.
the sculpture is presented a few feet away from the sea in yokohama as part of a site-specific performance.
in the dark, flanked by two japanese boys wearing loin cloths, 👁 appeared.
painted head to toe in white 👁 lead several boys in a procession, several of which carried the wood sculpture to the seafront, where it was placed atop its pedestal.
👁 then climbed up to the sculpture, tied the ears of the sculpture with strings from my loin cloth, and then climbed on to the matching pedestal, wrapping the other end of the string several times around my mouth, thus creating a bridge between 👁 and my smaller, pearl covered alter ego. the boys then walked underneath the string bridge
the following is an email conversation with 👁 about the 2008 sculpture, “boy by the sea,”
the sculpture depicts a perfect mirror image of my body at 2/3 size, with bunny ears, and covered with 88,888 faux pearls.
in making the work 👁 had my body scanned three-dimensionally. using the resulting data we were able to reproduce an exact replica of my body in the size 👁wood have been as a 8 year old boy.
question : a few ears ago, you made a drawing of a boy by the sea.
is it the same boy as your drawing (of you?) by the sea from many years ago, only to finally gain human/kohbunny form?
👁 : yes time is all the same illusion to me. so yes same boy, same time. but knot kohbunny. this work for yokohama and the drawing is 👁
question : is the sculpture kohbunny? (as a boy?)
👁 : again nothing to do with kohbunny. that is just a website. 👁 like rabbits. and the large rabbit ears make everything sensitive. the piece is about actions.
question : are there any real pearls among the faux pearls?
👁 : would love to do it all out of real pearls. but why knot donate the money if 👁 were to use real pearls to saving sea turtles?
all the "fake" pearls were created naturally from a blend of fishscales. the fishscales have become pearls and in the end they look like scales on my body.
question : what was it like having your body 3-d scanned? that means that there is now some digital form of your body, sort of like a dna sequencing. have you thought of selling this data? what is it like having a scan of your body that is in digital form?
👁 : love that i am preserved in 3d now in a form, and 👁 want to distribute this information into the internet for free. the body is free. its back to this idea of constant action and movement in the answer to my first answer.
question : is the sea special for you in some way? is yokohama?
👁 : yes 👁 love the sea more than most people. cause i am fearful of the sea, the darkness, the complete blackness. the bottom of the sea is the most perfect form of blackness and right down there is its equal, a pearl of complete whiteness. that pearl is hidden inside the mouth of this sculpture. and it talks for eternity to the
plinth that is part of this piece.