May 20 - June 11, 2023
Opening & Catalogue Launch Reception: May 20, 4-6pm
Supported by Komagome SOKO
「Daichi Takagi 2010-2022」
3,500JPY(+tax) / 96 pages / 210 x 148 mm / Published by KAYOKOYUKI / Design: Yoshimura Kimura Text: Daichi Takagi, Yasuo Kobayashi (Professor Emeritus. The University of Tokyo). Mika Kuraya (Director, Yokohama Museum of art) / Translation: Haruka Yuno (p.39, pp.87-92) / Photo: Kei Okano, Keizo Kioku, Margot Montigny *Japanese and English texts
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KAYOKOYUKI is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Daichi Takagi. The exhibition will be extended to the adjacent Komagome SOKO to commemorate the publication of the book, "Daichi Takagi 2010-2022," and will include old and new works from the past 12 years, as well as previously unexhibited works and drawings.
About 10 years after still life, with Stones I am once again painting pictures in which motifs emerge from deep, dark, black spaces with unique texture. While roaming, I gradually circled the great spiral. I want to live a long life, continuing to climb that spiral staircase as much as possible, and draw near to a yet unseen vision.
(Excerpt from "Daichi Takagi 2010-2022," p.03, artist's statement)
Takagi has been consistently exploring the possibilities of painting expression while moving back and forth between "abstract" and "figurative". His sincere approach towards the continuous history of painting and his search for his own painting style seem to be, as Takagi himself says, like a spiral staircase that he is gradually climbing up.
In his early works, he deconstructed still lifes and landscapes and reconstructed them geometrically, making full use of pictorial techniques such as lines, planes, shapes, colors, and textures to pursue the figurative qualities of painting, such as the interplay of figure and ground, flatness and depth. He then developed into more abstract works using shaped canvases and grid structures. However, Takagi's work took a major turn during his stay in the Netherlands in 2018-19. Rather than the methods and theories he had imposed on himself up to that point, he began to engage once again in the very simple act of "seeing" and "drawing," relying on his own intuition. He introduced concrete motifs and added a painterly emotion and narrative that had not been present in his previous works. His stay in the Netherlands also made Takagi reaffirm his identity as a Japanese born in a culture different from that of the West. In his recent works, Takagi has been experimenting with how he, as a Japanese, handles oil paints of Western origin, keeping in mind his oriental and Japanese backgrounds and aesthetic sensibilities.
In this exhibition, drawings and other materials that form the basis of Takagi's work will be displayed along with his paintings, allowing visitors to trace the transition of his work up to his most recent works. We hope that you will join Takagi on his journey so far and also imagine the future developments to come.
Daichi Takagi was born in 1982 in Gifu, Japan, and is currently living and working in Kanagawa. He received his B.F.A and M.F.A in Painting from Tama Art University, Tokyo. He received a Japanese Government Oversea Research Program Grant from the Agency for Cultural Affairs and resided in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in September 2018.
Takagi has presented his work in: solo show "2010-2022" at KAYOKOYUKI / Tokyo, 2023; "Borrowed landscape" at Blum & Poe / Tokyo, 2023; "NEW ORDER" at ECHO / Cologne, 2023; solo show "Observation" at Ramiken, New York, 2022; "DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow 2021" at The National Art Center / Tokyo, 2021; "Daichi Takagi, Lucia Vidales, Hiroka Yamashita" at Taka Ishii Gallery / Tokyo, 2020; Solo show "Intuition" at TIME & STYLE Amsterdam / Netherlands, 2019; "Contemporary Art Experimental Exhibition -Perspectives (1)" at Intermediatheque, Tokyo, 2017; solo show "Periphery" at Foundation B.a.d, Rotterdam, 2016; "Footprints" at Museum Haus Kasuya, Kanagawa, 2016; "COOL INVITATIONS 2" at XYZ Collective, Tokyo, 2015; "The Way of Painting" at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, 2014.