Kunitani’s ongoing series of installations are comprised of multiple neon tubes that the artist deforms with his own breath. Through this breathing process, Kunitani expands the internal volume of the glass tube, blurring the boundary between the inside and outside of the sculpture. In these installations, viewers see the chemical elements neon and argon captured within the multilateral, transparent surface of the sculpture. This ephemerality of the object itself, combined with the expansive visual nature of blown glass and radiant neon tubes, translates the space where Kunitani’s neon is enacted into an expanded volume without clear boundaries between object, space, and viewer.
In his Spaceless Space series (2001– present), Takashi Kunitani merges his own body with the industrial neon tube. The irregular, bulbous shapes are the result of Kunitani deforming the neon tube with his breath. The artist’s transformation of the tube moves it away from its industrial associations as it becomes an organic object, radiating with glowing argon that fills a biomorphic volume.