Yosuke Ito

Wandering Gaze, Reflected Landscape 2006

This project, entitled Wandering Gaze, Reflected Landscape, focuses on the dark corners of a city. The voids
between buildings in a city are usually filled with plantings. However, this is not always a positive landscape
design or a reforestation, but rather, the passive filling up of those spaces. The spaces are also lighted up to
inhibit crime, but this is a totally negative light, which means the eye must artificially lighten the darkness in
order to account for the absence of true light. In these urban spaces, the plantings and the light are strongly
linked, projecting a negative image of global society today.

I, a wandering observer in cities, capture the relationship between the plantings and the lights in a small black
box (that is, a camera); then project it inside the gallery, which is like another black box in the city, reproducing
the landscape using reflections of light. At that moment, a metaphor and a reality are fused each other. Then
the dark corners of a city are sublimated into a positive meaning as art.