“The light, reflected, its spirit contained in the stone”

“Once we had ascended its full height, the mountain turned back towards the white beach lying far below. It was at this beach the night before that we erected a wooden stand to greet the morning’s horizon. The first rays of light, skimming the surface of the sea, illuminated a path between the stand and the mountain’s crest. This is the trail that the animals have forever known. Even in the depths of night, there still remains the faintest trace of this light marking the path upwards. We placed a stone upon the stand and commenced our preparations for the eleven hour walk to the summit of the light’s path.”


Yukinori Maeda, LIGHT, 2007
Installation view of MELLOW FEVER, La Galerie des Galeries, Paris
Courtesy of the artist and Taka Ishii Gallery



Yukinori Maeda, LIGHT DEPOSIT, 2008
Installation view of LIGHT CONSTRUCTION, Center for Cosmic Wonder
Courtesy of the artist and Taka Ishii Gallery

“Please leave (your) light in the space.”
This is a space where collected layers of light reverberate.
We are the souls and the light.



Yukinori Maeda, LIGHT LODGE, 2007
Installation view of SPACE OF YOUR FUTURE, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Courtesy of the artist and Taka Ishii Gallery

“Visitors to the Light Lodge may sense the presence of the light spirit. A vaporous inhabitor of the elements, this spirit transmits itself through the outer wavelengths, where sound bends toward light and the natural converges with the unnatural.”



Yukinori Maeda, HOUSE, 2003
Plywood, fluorescent light, fog, 130 x 130 x 99cm

Yukinori Maeda, House, 2005
Plywood, fluorescent light, fog, papier mache rock,
video projection various dimensions

MU Art Foundation, The Netherlands

Yukinori Maeda is an artist living and working in Japan. His work has been featured in multiple international art fairs such as LA Art, Frieze Art Fair, Art Nova and Art Basel Miami Beach. The central theme of Maeda’s projects has consistently been “light”. He has exhibited installations, consisting of reconstructed images of found photographs, objects, lighting systems and sound systems linked to the wave length of light. Maeda’s new solo exhibition UNIVERSAL LOVE will be held in Taka Ishii Gallery, February 7 to March 7, 2009.