竹川 宣彰Nobuaki Takekawa竹川宣彰

Nobuaki Takekawa

Nobuaki Takekawa

竹川 宣彰
大知識時代のガレー船
2012
木材、陶器
250 x 340 x 781 cm
Nobuaki Takekawa
Galley in the Age of Great Knowledge
2012
wood, ceramic
250 x 340 x 781 cm
Nobuaki Takekawa
Galley in the Age of Great Knowledge
2012
wood, ceramic
250 x 340 x 781 cm
竹川宣彰の作品は、平面、立体、インスタレーションなど多岐に渡り、彼個人のアイデンティティや関心をベースにしながらも、同時に社会や政治の渦中にある問題を考察します。誰しもにあてはまるような包括的でシリアスな問題をテーマの軸としながらも、そのモチーフは、牛乳パックや虫歯など竹川ならではのセンスとユーモアに富んでおり、必ずしも美術の知識を問わない親しみやすいものとなっています。また一方で、「大航海時代」や「経済史」といった人類史や自然史に関わる大きな物語としての壮大な歴史性を背景に兼ね備えることで、作品の親しみやすさの中に現代の社会や政治に対する鋭い批判的態度が見え隠れしています。
竹川の表現スタイルは、彼の重要なモチーフのひとつである海や波のように流動的でありつつも、その根幹はペインティングなどのオーソドックスな手法についての地道な研究と、蝉や貝、ナマコといった生物の観察を通して得られる人間の外側の世界にある時間性への意識に支えられています。そこから生み出される独特の表現には、従来の人間中心的なアートヒストリーから離れ、伝統的な西洋美術の表現とアジア的な表現の新しい関係を構築しようとする竹川の試みを見出すことができます。
竹川の複眼的な視点と時間性を内包した物語を共有しながらも、鑑賞者はあたかも「地図」を読むようにして、作品を前に「自らの立ち位置」を考えられるような、そんな開放的な雰囲気も竹川の作品の魅力のひとつとなっています。

竹川宣彰は1977年東京都生まれ。2002年に東京藝術大学油絵科を卒業すると同年にオオタファインアーツで個展を開催します。『Portrait Session』(広島市現代美術館、2007)、『リアル・ジャパネスク:世界の中の日本現代美術』(国立国際美術館、2012)、第12回リヨンビエンナーレ(2013)など国内外で数多くの展覧会に参加しながら、デモなどの路上の活動にも加わることで、社会・歴史と個人の関係を問い直す新しい表現方法を、アートの枠を超えて常に模索しています。
Nobuaki Takekawa creates a wide array of works ranging from painting to drawing, sculpture and installation art. His works, while based on his personal identity or interests, are also concerned with topics in the vortex of social and political matters. Although these serious and comprehensive issues, which anyone can be involved in, are key themes in his works, the motifs which he selects - such as milk cartons or bad teeth - are rich in his original sense and humor. Therefore, his works are friendly to the viewer as they do not necessarily require prior knowledge of art. Nevertheless, the artist's critical attitude towards the contemporary society and politics is hidden within the contexts of his works. He makes reference to the "Age of Great Voyage" or "Economic History", from the vast history of nature and humankind, in establishing the grand narratives in his work.

While the style of Takekawa's art practice is very fluid, as if inspired by the flow of oceans and waves (important motifs in his work), its basis can be found in his constant research on the orthodox technique of painting, as well as an awareness of the sense of time outside the human world, obtained from his observation of organisms such as cicada, seashell and sea cucumber. With his unique expression born from these roots, Takekawa aims to construct a new relationship between the expression of traditional Western and Asian art by putting aside the old practice of art history.

Sharing Takekawa's multi-faceted views and narratives which involve the sense of time and history, viewers are able to reflect on their own "place and position", in the same way one would read maps (also a significant motif in his work). Such openness is one of the unique qualities of his work.

Nobuaki Takekawa was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1977 and completed BA in Fine Arts at the Tokyo University of the Arts in 2002. In the same year, he presented his first solo exhibition at Ota Fine Arts (Tokyo). In recent years, he has participated in various exhibitions in Japan and abroad - "Portrait Session" (Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, 2007), "Real Japanesque: The Unique World of Japanese Contemporary" (The National Museum of Art, Osaka, 2012), "12th Biennale de Lyon" (Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, 2013), etc. - while also participating in street activities, including protest demonstrations. Takekawa always pursues new methods of expression, questioning the relation between the society/ history and individuals by crossing various boundaries in the field of art.
Nobuaki Takekawa creates a wide array of works ranging from painting to drawing, sculpture and installation art. His works, while based on his personal identity or interests, are also concerned with topics in the vortex of social and political matters. Although these serious and comprehensive issues, which anyone can be involved in, are key themes in his works, the motifs which he selects - such as milk cartons or bad teeth - are rich in his original sense and humor. Therefore, his works are friendly to the viewer as they do not necessarily require prior knowledge of art. Nevertheless, the artist's critical attitude towards the contemporary society and politics is hidden within the contexts of his works. He makes reference to the "Age of Great Voyage" or "Economic History", from the vast history of nature and humankind, in establishing the grand narratives in his work.

While the style of Takekawa's art practice is very fluid, as if inspired by the flow of oceans and waves (important motifs in his work), its basis can be found in his constant research on the orthodox technique of painting, as well as an awareness of the sense of time outside the human world, obtained from his observation of organisms such as cicada, seashell and sea cucumber. With his unique expression born from these roots, Takekawa aims to construct a new relationship between the expression of traditional Western and Asian art by putting aside the old practice of art history.

Sharing Takekawa's multi-faceted views and narratives which involve the sense of time and history, viewers are able to reflect on their own "place and position", in the same way one would read maps (also a significant motif in his work). Such openness is one of the unique qualities of his work.

Nobuaki Takekawa was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1977 and completed BA in Fine Arts at the Tokyo University of the Arts in 2002. In the same year, he presented his first solo exhibition at Ota Fine Arts (Tokyo). In recent years, he has participated in various exhibitions in Japan and abroad - "Portrait Session" (Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, 2007), "Real Japanesque: The Unique World of Japanese Contemporary" (The National Museum of Art, Osaka, 2012), "12th Biennale de Lyon" (Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, 2013), etc. - while also participating in street activities, including protest demonstrations. Takekawa always pursues new methods of expression, questioning the relation between the society/ history and individuals by crossing various boundaries in the field of art.