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.

現代社会は、個人の消費が縮小化し、自然環境に配慮したとしても拡大、利潤をもとめ、しぜんにルール化し管理化していくようです。それに伴い増えていく概念は、人の進化や退化に関わらず個人の領域を狭く窮屈にさせてしまうのかもしれません。その一方で、長く続くこの循環に寄与することなく強かに存在するものがあります。タンポポのように私はとくに人が世話をしていないのにこの世に存在し続けるものや、人が排除しようとしても依然としてこの世に存在するものに強く惹かれるものがあり、その存在と現代の社会との関係性を追求しています。

Biography
1970
​Born in Fukuoka, Japan
1992-96​
Assistant cinematographer, Dentsu Prox (current Dentsu Tec)
1993
​B.A., Seinan Gakuin University, Faculty of Commerce, Fukuoka, Japan
1996​
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
2003​
Hummingbird Photography Award, Shinpusha Publishing
Through an encounter with an acrylic fabricator working with Shiro Kutamata, launched his own career as an artist
2004
​Started series embedding dandelions inside acrylic
2009​
Completed Dandelion (Tampopo), begun in 2004
2010-13​
Founding partner and president of Lighting Art Gallery, sponsored by Yamagiwa Art Foundation
2011​
Curated Ex Lighting Art exhibition, Lighting Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Director of photography for film Karappo, directed by Shogo Kusano
2013
​Organic EL installation, Dew exhibition, Tennozu site, Tokyo, Japan
Installation, Every Kinda People, Warehouse Terrada, Tokyo, Japan
2015
Installation, Dew, Zaku Zaku, Tokyo, Japan
2016​
Succeeded embedding a fresh flower inside acrylic
2017
​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
2017-
​Lecturer, Department of Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan
2018
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
2019
​Lecturer, Faculty of Education, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

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