Takao Inoue

  • Tampopo Blowin' 10.934, 2018
  • Acrylic, dandelion
    H 10.934 x 6 x 6 cm
  • Tampopo Blowin' 10.385, 2018- Archive -
  • Acrylic, dandelion
    H 10.385 x 6 x 6 cm
Takao Inoue
Artist Statement

Individuals may consume less and care more for the environment, yet contemporary society seems to automatically grow more wedded to rules and control in the quest for expansion and profit. The accompanying proliferation of concepts will perhaps constrict the realm of the individual, regardless of human evolution or retrogression. In contrast, there are hardy things out there that exist without ever contributing to this ongoing cycle. I find myself strongly drawn to those like the dandelion, that manage to maintain a presence in the world despite receiving no care or consideration from humans, that humans actively strive to eliminate, yet which persist, and in my works pursue the relationship between the existence of these things, and modern society.


​Born in Fukuoka, Japan
Assistant cinematographer, Dentsu Prox (current Dentsu Tec)
​B.A., Seinan Gakuin University, Faculty of Commerce, Fukuoka, Japan
Inspired by the works of Shiro Kuramata researching the designer
Became independent and moved to Tokyo. Worked as a freelance photographer and cinematographer in cinema and advertisement
Hummingbird Photography Award, Shinpusha Publishing
Through an encounter with an acrylic fabricator working with Shiro Kutamata, launched his own career as an artist
​Started series embedding dandelions inside acrylic
Completed Dandelion (Tampopo), begun in 2004
Founding partner and president of Lighting Art Gallery, sponsored by Yamagiwa Art Foundation
Curated Ex Lighting Art exhibition, Lighting Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Director of photography for film Karappo, directed by Shogo Kusano
​Organic EL installation, Dew exhibition, Tennozu site, Tokyo, Japan
Installation, Every Kinda People, Warehouse Terrada, Tokyo, Japan
Installation, Dew, Zaku Zaku, Tokyo, Japan
Succeeded embedding a fresh flower inside acrylic
​Participated as a guest speaker in the lecture, Shiro Kuramata for 21st century, by Roger Griffith (Associate Sculpture Conservator, The Museum of Modern Art, New York) held at Kogakuin University School of Architecture, Tokyo, Japan
​Lecturer, Department of Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan
Participated as a guest speaker in a lecture by a lead designer at Zaha Hadid Architects held at Kogakuin University School of Architecture, Tokyo, Japan
​Lecturer, Faculty of Education, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

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