David Lynch looms large in Kyoto heritage weaver Hosoo’s new tapestry
Since Masataka Hosoo took over the more than 300-year-old Nishijin textile business around a decade ago, he has continued to push the creative limits of the family-owned Kyoto company’s 9,000-thread looms. An intimate and reflective exhibition currently on display at the Eye of Gyre gallery in Omotesandō, Tokyo offers a compact and stunning opportunity to experience his vision close up.
Inspired by the David Lynch artwork Spiral, Hosoo has ’translated the stratified and multi-tiered world of the spiral into a space, allowing for viewers to experience the depths of the human mind’. A stunning, 70m tapestry of Hosoo’s finest silk fabric, designed and made over the last six months, is suspended from the ceiling, spiralling within the small exhibition space. Viewers are invited to follow the flow of the fabric from the outside in, exploring the many layers of the weave in a vivid and mesmerising display of colours.
The clever exhibition and lighting concept by local architect Yukiharu Takematsu highlights the design and allows the fabric to be viewed from both sides in several places. Lynch’s Spiral is prominently displayed at the centre of the space, with the cardboard and black paint used for the piece repeated in the cardboard floor and wall coverings of the gallery.