YUKI TAKAGI SOLO EXHIBITION “In a place where there are no ghosts”
2021.07.02 – 2021.07.18
ARTDYNE is pleased to announce the opening of a solo exhibition by Yuki Takagi, entitled “Where There Are No Trees”, from 2 July to 18 July 2021.
Yuki Takagi graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts this spring with a major in oil painting, and is currently studying for a master’s degree in Fine Arts at Tokyo University of the Arts, focusing on the flatness and temporality of painting and exploring its possibilities.
A room that is real but somehow strange and unnatural. The puffiness of the pillows, the wrinkles of the sheets, the stacked books, the pots and pans on the stove. These are the motifs of the miniature rooms and furniture that the artists have made themselves out of styrene board and paper mache. Even the hand marks on the paper mache are carefully depicted, giving the paintings a unique humid atmosphere that gives the viewer the strange sensation that someone has been there before. Takagi’s interest in horror films and ghost stories has led him to focus on the memory of people who, after reading or watching a scary story, continue to feel a sense of foreboding and fear of something that does not exist, even though they know it is a work of fiction. By suggesting “what should have been” on canvas, the artist attempts to evoke the unsettling and unstable feelings that lie in the background of everyday life. In addition, the process of “painting one’s own work” brings to the work a multilayered meaning of depicting (imitating) an imitation (which automatically reminds us of Thomas Demand’s work) and raises fundamental questions about the making of a painting.
In this exhibition, we will show and sell about 10 of his new works. We hope that you will take this opportunity to see and learn more about his work.
Please note that the exhibition period may be subject to change depending on the spread of the new coronavirus. Please check our gallery website and SNS for the latest information. Thank you very much for your support.
Born in Fukushima Prefecture
Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, majoring in oil painting
Currently enrolled in the master’s course at Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Fine Arts and Music
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