Renowned artist Manabu Ikeda uses a mere pen to depict uprooted cities collapsing into themselves, with details like derailed trains and kites stuck in trees. They are, essentially, the most breathtaking doodles you’ll ever see. In Garden of Unearthly Delights, the Japan Society brings together the largest collection of his work thus seen in the United States, and that’s hardly all. The exhibit also features work by painter Hisashi Tenmyouya, whose large-scale panorama of an epic battle scene faces its mirror opposite across a not-so-Zen garden with red sand, volcanic rocks, and skulls. The artist collective teamLab adds a digital element to the exhibit with United, Fragmented, Repeated, and Impermanent World, in which eight HD monitors project a pixelated cornucopia of real and imaginary flora and fauna. The landscape changes when it recognizes the viewer’s shape or movements. You don’t want to miss this well-crafted garden of gloriously subverted pleasures.
Mondays-Sundays, 11 a.m. Starts: Oct. 10. Continues through Jan. 11, 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 8, 2014