TENKI is the name of a Tokyo-based trio of artists that create work that is so truly breathtaking and innovative that Mori Art Museum better have them on reserve when enough pieces are made to fill the museum….that should probably be very soon, even though they tend to show only once a year. The trio makes collaborative art on the side; they all have day jobs, namely fashion design, styling and stain art (calligraphy and painting).
The designer is Suzuki Takayuki who is well known in his own right for his namesake fashion brand that has often shown during Tokyo Fashion Week and is a master of delicate fabrics like silk, organdy, gauze and organic linen.
Shuko Tsuchiya is a “stain” artist and is a master of the stroke of the brush- especially in traditional calligraphy paint and ink.
The heart behind the outfit is stylist Shinichi Mita who directs the visuals and expounds upon the incredible imagery in his head with tangible objects to make this art come to life.
Before I got on, I must urge everyone to go see their exhibit on now at IDOL for Tokyovansankai before it finishes on Sunday. It is a rare opportunity indeed to get to see any of TENKI’s worsk, much less new pieces!!
They hardened fabric and moulded it into the shapes of wild animal beasts. When seen from behind they look like innocent tufts of tulle….perhaps nothing more than a petticoat for a wedding dress, but still masterful in their fabric construction. Being able to turn this into art is just amazing.
A lot of their work brings to life a kind of wild, fierce, otherworldly beast…. see this armour created from Nike airs by Mita which will blow you away.
Having Shuko and Suzuki on hand means they can do a lot of art performances with Suzuki making a spontaneous dress and Shuko having a go at it with paint.
This exhibit was about layers and called “e” (重) you can see how they took layering to a new art form, while still managing to use each members’ skills to their fullest in each piece. The fashion was made to represent insects like the summer cicada and firefly and they worked with more spirals…or should I say a cotton wormhole.
This dress was displayed originally for a W Hotel party at Tabloid and it stretches at least 4 stories up. I know Suzuki-san told me how much fabric he used, but unfortunately I can’t remember…it was something crazy though.
TENKI’s work is not only innovative, but made with such high quality that even if it were discovered 1,000 years from now our future ancestors would surely marvel at the handwork and ideas.
Outfit=洋服 と Art=芸術 の融合した言葉「 Artfit アートフィット 」という新機軸をテーマにつねに新しい挑戦を続ける。