SEIZAN Gallery is pleased to announce the 2nd release of Re:start, consisting of thirty limited works by Kengo Takahashi from September 30, 2023.
Re:start is emblematic of the “new beginning” that evolves from our willingness to question and seriously reconsider the consequences and circumstances that arise from our actions. It also expresses hope for the “answers” that could potentially emerge from that questioning.
|Monday, September 25, 2023
11:00~17:00 ※VIP View
|Tuesday, September 26, 2023
|Wednesday, September 27, 2023
|Thursday, September 28, 2023
|Friday, September 29, 2023
|Sunday, October 1, 2023
11:00~17:00 ※Open by appointment only
|SEIZAN GALLERY TOKYO凸
2F Ginza habitation, 5-14-16
Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
|Open to public from 11:00 am on Saturday, September 30, 2023|
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|Kengo Takahashi (b. 1982, Kagoshima, Japan) visualizes works that the being’s essence by using a method whereby I use real objects as molds.
― I first place natural flowers in the mold and sinter them, destroying the flowers in the process. Melted aluminum is then poured into the resulting pattern and the flowers are born anew as a dazzling white object. Does this process not signify rebirth? ―
After the immense natural disasters that occurred in Japan’s Tohoku region in March 2011, Takahashi began to focus on the contemporary outlook toward life and death, eventually capturing his thoughts in a series of works based on the theme of “rebirth”, He has defined the act of giving new shape to deceased lifeforms and placement of them into different vessels as a “transfer of life”, resulting in works that visualize the being’s essence and resonate beyond borders and ethnicity.
Sculpture takes the form of an animal or human skull and is masterfully constructed of hundreds of myosotis and chrysanthemum flowers. Myosotis, also known as the forget-me-not flower, is a symbol of true love. Chrysanthemum, the flower used for funerals in Japan, is a reminder of death and the mourning process.
Takahashi’s works have been showcased in major museum exhibitions, including Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris; Mitsui Memorial Museum in Tokyo; Panasonic Shiodome Museum of Art in Tokyo; Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art in Kyoto and the Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum, Ishikawa, Japan.
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