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Jiro Takamatsu (Japan)
Born in 1936 in Tokyo, Japan. Died in Tokyo in 1998.
Takamatsu graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo
National University of Fine Arts and Music, but he began showing
his art in 1957 while still a student.
His work embraced many different forms and materials, but
his unique ideas always aroused controversy, and from the
1960s on he was one of the most influential artists in the
world of Japanese contemporary art. Takamatsu was first noticed
for his shadow paintings. The shadow series, started in 1964,
became the best known of his works.
The shadow paintings are executed with oil or acrylic on white
painted panels or canvas, but they have realistic appearance,
as if the shadows of people or things are actually reflected
on their surface. Eventually, Takamatsu began to paint shadows
directly on the walls of the gallery and other spaces as well
as on canvases hung on the wall.
One of the works created in a real space was "Construction
Site Shadows," installed on January 7, 1971. Six panels
240 centimeters high and 140 centimeters wide were placed
together to form a wall adjoining a site where a new building
was being constructed in Tokyo's Ginza district. The entire
surface was coated with white vinyl paint, and shadows were
painted that appeared to be reflections of passersby. It was
removed after one day, making it a truly ephemeral work of
art. It had the shortest life of any of Takamatsu's creations,
but this transitory quality was very appropriate to the theme
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Tadasu Takamine (Japan)
Born in 1968 in Kagoshima, Japan. Lives and works in Shiga.
After graduating from Kyoto City University of Arts, Tadasu
Takamine joined Dumb Type and was a member from 1993 to 1997,
after which he studied media art at the International Academy
of Media Arts and Sciences. He has since continued to create
work utilizing diverse avenues of expression.
Takamine attracted acclaim early in his career, winning the
Jury Prize at the 2nd Sony Music Entertainment Artist Audition
in 1993, and is a prolific creator of moving images, installations
and three-dimensional works in clay. Takamine has also been
selected to show at international exhibitions such as the
50th Venice Biennale and in recent years has further expanded
his creative boundaries by taking on the role of art director
and video producer in a stage production directed by dancer
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Tanishi K (Japan)
Born in Tokyo, Japan. Lives and works in Tokyo.
The performance, Flight – in which Tanishi
K, dressed in a flight attendant’s costume, suddenly
gets onto a train and starts pushing a trolley, chatting to
passengers and giving out food and drink – has been
held in locations throughout the world. In Japan, this performance
has been held on the Tokyu Toyoko line, the Ginza line, the
Midosuji line and a tatami-floored train in Tohoku, while
international performances include the subway in Seoul and
Barcelona. In “Girl! Girl! Girl!”, held at the
Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery in 2003, Tanishi K created an
installation featuring a maze simulating the inside of a plane,
with visitors getting papers stamped at each “stop”
on their virtual flight during which they could look at photographs
and footage of the flight.
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Kaori Tazoe (Japan)
Born in 1970 in Kanagawa, Japan. Lives and works in Kanagawa.
Tazoe has continued to be involved in theatrical and costume
design since graduating from the Otsuka Textile Design Institute
in 1992. Tazoe formed the creative collaborative “Suit” with
Junko Ito in 1995 and until 2002 the duo produced stage costumes,
held performances and carried out a direct mail-based
performance, “SUIT postcard series”.
In 2001, Tazoe established, together with Daisuke Mizushima,
the alternative space “Scratch Tile” where he continues
to plan and organize screenings and lectures by filmmakers
As “Suit”, Tazoe has also been involved in projects
such as “Yokohama Gaito Geijutsu 2001: ARTS ON THE
SHOPPING TOWN” and the live event “MOTOMACHI
SUIT” (Motomachi Koen Kyudojo, Ellisman Mansion, Yokohama,
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