Tokyo

Mitsukuni Takimoto Sō kara Sō

2022/5/14–6/25

Tokyo Gallery + BTAP is pleased to announce Sō kara Sō 相から相, a solo exhibition of Takimoto Mitsukuni.

Born in Fukuoka in 1952, Takimoto moved to Italy in 1977 to study under Toyofuku Tomonori, who practiced sculpture in Milan. Takimoto has gone on to build a 45-year career, during which he has created a consistent oeuvre of contemporary wood sculpture works while remaining faithful to traditional techniques. He also is a restorer of classical Buddhist statues. Takimoto spent more time in Italy in 2014 as part of an Agency of Cultural Affairs study programme, and his works were featured in a solo exhibition at Tokyo Gallery + BTAP upon his return to Japan. Sō kara Sō is the second instalment in the Chōsō series.

Influenced by Toyofuku, Takimoto created abstract reliefs in the 1980s before switching to a style that is more representational, albeit restricted to subjects that linger in the viewer’s memory like waterfalls, rivers, clouds, and smoke, in a phenomenon reminiscent of persistence of vision. The chisel marks on the surface of his fluid works are both a record of the act of creation and a symbol of the working of the artist’s mind as he attempts to grasp indefinite images.

After returning from his studies in Italy, Takimoto began creating his Chōsō series of representational works, which draw inspiration from well-known pieces from the history of modern Art. Sō – Ingres' Waterfall (2021), one of the pieces exhibited in this exhibition, references La Source [The Spring], a seminal work by 19th century French artist Jean-August Dominique Ingres, while Sō – Young Woman in a Black Blouse (2022) and Sō – Black Cat (2022) reference the Balthus paintings Portrait de jeune fille en costume d’amazone [Portrait of a Young Girl in an Amazon Costume] (1932) and Le Roi des chats [The King of Cats] (1935). The indefinite forms that Takimoto employs as subjects sublime into elements of his sculptures, as his free and serene carvings breathe new life into historical figures and animals.

As part of Sō kara Sō, a catalogue containing a review by Kagioka Masanori, advisor and former director of the Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art will be produced. We look forward to welcoming you to the gallery.

WORKS

Title
Sō - Ingres' Waterfall
Year
2021
Material
Camphor wood, pigment
Size
208 x 75 x 38 cm
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Title
Relief – Cat I (Inspired by Utagawa Kuniyoshi)
Year
2021
Material
Red oak, ink, white clay, acrylic gouache, beeswax
Size
84.0 x 60.5 x 4.5 cm
Title
Relief – Cat II (Inspired by Utagawa Kuniyoshi)
Year
2021
Material
Red oak, ink, white clay, acrylic gouache, beeswax
Size
77.0 x 60.5 x 4.5 cm
Title
Sō – Black Cat
Year
2022
Material
Camphor wood, pigment
Size
28.3 x 30.5 x 12.1 cm
Title
Sō – Cat, Inspired by Balthus
Year
2022
Medium
Camphor wood, pigment, white clay, beeswax
Size
22.5 x 22 x 13 cm
Title
Sō – Rabbit and Deer Ⅱ
Year
2022
Material
Camphor wood, pigment
Size
27.5 x 19 x 10.9 cm
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Title
Sō – Rabbit and Deer I
Year
2022
Material
Camphor wood, pigment
Size
27.5 x 19 x 10.9 cm
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Title
Sō – Young Woman in a Black Blouse
Year
2022
Material
Camphor wood, pigment
Size
24 x 14 x 11.8 cm
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Title
Sō – Young Woman
Year
2020
Medium
Camphor wood, pigment
Size
48.3 x 16.2 x 14.1 cm
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Title
Sō – Woman
Year
2020
Medium
Camphor wood, pigment
Size
49.5 x 14.4 x 13.4 cm
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Title
Sō – Woman With Mandolin, Inspired by Camille Corot
Year
2021
Medium
Camphor wood, white clay, beeswax
Size
21.5 x 11.5 x 12.5 cm
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Title
Sō – Woman Tying Her Hair, Inspired by Corot
Year
2016
Medium
Sō – Woman Tying Her Hair, Inspired by Corot
Size
11.5 x 4.3 x 4.3 cm
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Title
Sō – Woman, Inspired by Tetsugorō Yorozu
Year
2018-2022
Medium
Camphor wood, pigment, beeswax
Size
36.3 x 14.5 x 12 cm
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Title
Sō – Back, Inspired by Matisse
Year
2018
Medium
Camphor wood, pigment, beeswax
Size
21.6 x 16.3 x 6.2 cm
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Title
Sō – Two Pears, Inspired by Cézanne
Year
2022
Medium
Camphor wood, pigment, beeswax
Size
23 x 19 x 18.5 cm
Title
Sō – Ingres' Waterfall, Inspired by Dominique Ingres (Maquette)
Year
2022
Medium
Camphor wood, white clay, beeswax
Size
38 x 7 x 11.5 cm
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Title
Sō – Two Pears, Inspired by Cézanne
Year
2020
Medium
Camphor wood, pigment, beeswax
Size
11.7 x 14 x 1 cm
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Title
Sō – Man Carrying a Stone, Inspired by Seiji Chokai
Year
2017
Medium
Camphor wood, pigment, beeswax
Size
29.1 x 11 x 11.7 cm
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Mitsukuni Takimoto

Mitsukuni Takimoto was born in Fukuoka in 1952. He moved to Italy in 1977 to apprentice to Tomonori Toyofuku, who was active in Milan at the time. Since then, Takimoto has consistently pursued a wood sculpture practice while remaining faithful to traditional techniques. Takimoto also works as an expert in the restoration of Buddhist sculptures. Under the influence of Toyofuku, Takimoto worked on abstract sculptural reliefs throughout the 1980s. In the ‘90s he shifted his style toward a more representational one. However, while these works can be called representational, he chooses only subjects like waterfalls and rivers, clouds and smoke: figures that remain in the viewer’s memory like an afterimage. The chisel marks left on the surface of these fluid shapes are simultaneously traces of the act of making, and a symbolic representation of the conscious effort to grasp indeterminate images.

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