A painter and art historian Jacques Franck advocated that the "sfumato" technique invented by Leonardo da Vinci to paint the "Mona Lisa" is a micro-dotting technique of 1/30~1/40mm (10^-5m). We believe that this is the fruition of the idea of launching art from the smallest physical laws latent in natural phenomena.
The "eye" brought to mankind by modern science has acquired a scale from discovering a star 13.3 billion light years away (10^28m) to capturing the behavior of the smallest physical unit, the elementary particle (approx. 10^-35m).
In this exhibition, we would like to start from the point of grasping the domain of scale that we have as painters, and to consider and renew the smallest unit that can be captured by the field of art based on the scale and theories that science and technology have attained.
In the East, Katsushika Hokusai, along with da Vinci, attempted to capture nature and sublimate it in his works using a mathematical language to describe science. The mathematical structure of "Fugaku Sanjurokkei (Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji) Kanagawa-oki nami ura" has the same characteristics as the fractal structure of natural objects.
Although da Vinci and Hokusai came from different periods and ideological backgrounds, they shared an astonishing eye for nature and a mathematical approach. Perhaps one of the reasons why the masterpieces of these two masters continue to fascinate people across eras and cultures is that the structures of their works have the same characteristics as the principles of nature.
While following and developing this idea of starting art from the laws of nature (the smallest unit = theory of everything), I would like to extend the scale to the scientific basis that modern mankind has acquired, thereby renewing the field of art and making it a time for art to embark on the pursuit of essential beauty in the true sense of the word.
This exhibition deconstructs and reconstructs the mathematical approaches of both da Vinci and Hokusai, and presents the possibilities of contemporary science and art that can be connected beyond them as visitors explore each of the exhibition booths.
We hope that the opportunity to share in this reflection and development will serve as a "Paradigm Equinox" for each visitor.
Photo by Yuji Sato