Koichiro Takagi | 高木耕一郎

Biography


高木耕一郎
東京で生まれ、San Franciscoのアートスクールで様々な素材を学び、しばらくNYを制作拠点にした後に帰国した高木はペインティングから刺繍まで作風の幅は広い。しかし幅広い表現方法において一貫して言えるのは彼の作品はある種の居心地の悪さや矛盾を内包しており、モチーフに「人」がほとんど出て来ることがないことである。
モチーフは多くの場合、動物や擬人化された動物達であり、その表情は時にかわいらしく、時に牙をこちらに向け鑑賞者を睨みつけている。そこには動物を主人公にした作品だからこその匿名性と神秘性が内包され、親近感と違和感が混在する奇妙な居心地の悪さを生む。

高木の作品は揺れ動く人々の心情や抱えている矛盾を描きながら、見た事は無いがあると信じたい理想郷の存在を表現している。理想郷への導き手として彼の作品の主人公の表情に秘められた様々な思惑は、鑑賞者の内面に対して今一度、揺らぐ価値観の中での各々にとっての真実とは何かを問いかけている。

国内外の企画展やグループ展の参加や個展開催で画家として精力的な活動し、BEAMS、PORTERやPaul Smithなどのアパレルブランドへのデザイン提供やコラボレーションも多く行っている。NY Timesなど国内外のメデイアにも紹介されている。


Koichiro Takagi

Koichiro Takagi is a Japanese artist, making artworks on the theme, "uncomfortableness".
He creates the bright colored mystic world by distorting and patchworking of the present and the past, the reality and the fantasy.

Koichiro Takagi learned silk-screen printing in San Francisco then he moved to New York after graduation from school, and started his career as a painter.
Enjoying quite different atmosphere from both the east and west coast of the U.S.A., he has been produced a lot of artworks.
In mid 2005 he jumped back to his hometown, Tokyo. He joins many group exhibitions as well as holds some solo exhibitions. He is proficient in graphical design such as Illustration and stenciled spraypainting. Koichiro's designs have been applied to Paul Smith, Beams and others.

::Solo Exhibition::

2012
"Romantic Ideal" Gallery Target, Tokyo, Japan

2011
"Pink Pepper" Galerie Agathe Helion & CLEAR, Paris, France

2010
"Boys Stitches Club" Tokyo Hipsters Club, Tokyo, Japan

2009
"Paint it Black" No.12 gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2007
"Holy Property" Paul Smith Space, Tokyo, Japan

"echo" BEAMS café, Kobe, Japan

"a STATE OF GOLD" Mirai gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2006
"Old Fellow" Ojiyan Café, Tokyo, Japan

"Welcome Back!" No,12Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2005
"Mercury Bargain" Pink Pony, Los Angels, CA

2004
"kid in the gloomy forest", Phoebe's, Brooklyn, NY

2001
"insecurity in security" Bush gallety, San Francisco, CA


::Group Exhibion::

2011
"ART CONTEMPORAIN JAPONAIS" Galerie Agathe Helion & CLEAR, Paris, France

"CUTLOG contemporary art fair" Bourse du Commerce, Paris, France

2010
"CUTLOG contemporary art fair" Bourse du Commerce, Paris, France

"Piggy Bank Collection" ISETAN Shinjuku, Tokyo Japan

Concrete Hermit At The Conran Shop" The Conran shop, Tokyo, Japan

2009
"BETTER DAYS" No.12 gallery, Tokyo, Japan

"NYConnection" Gallery Target, Tokyo, Japan

2007
"The Wurstminster Dog Show" Wurst Gallery/Ace Hotel, Portland, OR

2005
ELLE present "みんなのアート(art for everybody)" L'ECLAIREUR, Tokyo, Japan

ELLE presents "ELLE LOVES ART" Roppongi Hills, Tokyo

"Art Jam2005" Kyoto Museum、kyouyo, Japam

"Vintage Vandals" Wurst Gallery, www.thewurstgallery.com

2004
"Look Closer" About Glamouor, Brooklyn, NY

"Summer Printing Pool" Rocket Gallery, Tokyo,Japan"

55DSL/8.5x11 presents "Two Steps Back" traveling art show
KINZON, Berlin Germany (Jul. 2004)
Vinyl Factory, London UK (Sept. 2004)
Iguapop Gallery, Barcelona Spain (Sept. 2004)
La Palma Club, Roma Italy (Sept. 2004)
Espace 07, Paris France (Sept. 2004)
Hotel Claska, , Tokyo (Oct. 2004)
Superstudio Piu, Milan Italy (Dec. 2004)
Spin Gallery, Toronto Canada (Mar. 2005)

"Texas Soap" 2 persons show, About Glamour, Brooklyn, NY

"SLON de EXPACE" Transplant Gallery, New York, NY

"Group Show" Max Fish, New York , NY

2003
"Up Our Sleeve" traveling art show
55 DSL Gallery, San Diego (Sept. 2003)
Designer & Agents, Los Angeles (Nov. 2003)
Rocket Gallery, Tokyo (Nov. 2003)
Conquest, Kyoto (Nov. 2003)
Vooruit, Ghent Belgium (Feb. 2004)
Tommy'z, Amsterdam Holland (Feb. 2004)
Inshallah Gallery, Los Angeles (Jun. 2004)
Vooruit, Ghent Belgium (Jul. 2004)
Aurora Gallery, New York (Oct. 2004

"1000 night of Drawings" Artist Space, New York, NY

"Harvest Moon" CB's Callery/CBGB, New York, NY

2001
"Mastermind" juried show, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA