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Koichiro Takagi

Installation view, artwork: Koichiro Takagi

  • Installation view, artwork: Koichiro Takagi
  • Installation view with Koichiro Takagi, 'I have never seen', 2020
  • Installation view, artwork: Koichiro Takagi
  • Installation view, artwork: Koichiro Takagi
  • Installation view, artwork: Koichiro Takagi
  • Installation view, artwork: Koichiro Takagi
We are pleased to present Koichiro Takagi's exhibition, ‘Infinite Light’, from September 17 at MAKI Gallery / Omotesando,Tokyo.

Anthropomorphic animals are the artist’s chosen motifs, depicted in saintly poses or dressed in clerical vestments, made to perform devout prayers or the giving of blessings. At other times, however, they appear to threaten the viewer like street gang members, as if to expose the deception and illusions of the world. As we continue to gaze at these creatures that also show us their adorable and amiable side, before we know it we are in their thrall and have fallen under the spell of the artist’s world.
The artist uses a variety of methods including embroidery, painting and stencil to add color to these motifs. Especially in his embroidered works, the matière of the thread, the luster of the uneven surface of the embroidery, exudes a different quality from that of paintings.
Holiness and vulgarity. The brutal and the endearing. By mixing elements of both extremes, the artist pursues an ideal that is not partial to either world. In his first solo exhibition at MAKI Gallery, ‘Infinite Light’, the artist presents us with an insight into his line of sight, which turns toward the light precisely because of the darkness of the present. The artist may conversely look to the darkness in peaceful times and through the works in this exhibition, the viewer is offered a glimpse into his unique perspective.

Takagi garnered a great deal of attention and was very well-received at the Taipei Dangdai, art fair which was held in Taipei in 2020. We invite you to view his solo exhibition, ‘Infinite Light’, where wide range of his works, from the past to his newest pieces, will be on show.
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