Japan House Exhibition, LA – Symbosis | Living Island

Vinyline has recently supplied stunning mixed-media vinyl for JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles for the Exhibition – Symbiosis | Living Island. Our job was to replicate the actual art installation “Yellow Flower Dream” on Inujima (“Dog Island”) in Japan by the Brazilian artist, Beatriz Mihazes. Three replica panels were made to feature in the LA spring exhibition. We used mixed-media vinyl such as translucent, transparent & frosted, giving a spectacular colourful effect.

About the Exhibition

In biology, the word “symbiosis” refers to two organisms living together, each strengthened by a close association. Socially, the term is used for a mutually beneficial relationship between people or groups. The exhibition Symbiosis: Living Island, on view at JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles from April 15 to July 5, 2023, explores the groundbreaking Inujima “Art House Project,” designed to revitalize Inujima, a depopulated Japanese island, by integrating contemporary art. The project has created a unique symbiosis between art, architecture, community, and ecology that will nurture and sustain the island for many years to come.

Inujima (“Dog Island”) is located in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea, part of the city of Okayama. Once a centre of copper refining and stone quarrying, the tiny island—it can be walked around in an hour—is now home to just twenty-five households, with more than half of the inhabitants over seventy years of age. In 2008, the island became one of the locations of the Benesse Art Site Naoshima —activities conducted by Benesse Holdings, Inc. and Fukutake Foundation in the Inland Sea, and was transformed through art. Yuko Hasegawa, director of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, was hired as the artistic director of Inujima’s “Art House Project,” and conceived of an environment where art, community, and ecology are harmoniously intertwined.

Photo credit: © JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles.

Link to the Symbiosis exhibition website where a 360-degree virtual tour is available: