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Daisuke Takeya
Artist

Toronto, Tokyo
December 21, 2016

Daisuke Takeya is a painter, sometimes curator, collector, art educator, and community advocator whose praxis is comprised of the exploration of nature and plausibility in contemporary society. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions including MOCCA, The Japan Foundation (Toronto), Scotia Bank Nuit Blanche, SVA Gallery, Wagner College Gallery, Chongqing Changjiang Contemporary Art Museum, Fukushima Contemporary Art Biannual, Kyoto Art Center, Sezon Art Program, Roppongi Art Night, and the Prince Takamado Gallery at the Embassy of Canada in Japan. He is the representative of Field Trip Project/Field Trip Project Asia, Fukushima NO ALICE, Power to the People, and DAICHI Projects. His current solo exhibition Breaking the Waves at the Christopher Cutts Gallery runs until January 7.

1. Authenticity crisis

As a painter working alone in his studio, I create two-dimensional illusions based on reality. My ways of communication are all indirect. None seem real. A caveman craves for tactile experiences. Now that my praxis has become diverse, are you in touch?

2. Teenage samurai spirit

My ancestor Gosuke Takeya fought the Boshin Japanese civil war in 1869 at the age of fourteen with his troop all in the same age group. It was illegal to send off child samurai to combat; yet they were happy the night before to join their very first battle – just like going for a field trip. Many were killed despite their innocence. Gosuke survived, but was traumatized for decades. Looking around today and seeing what has been happening to children around the globe is terrifying. Our responsibility: keep them safe and happy

3. Dancer in the Dark

The last of Lars Von Trier’s Golden Heart Trilogy flicks. I watch it over, over, and over.

4. Michael Snow

I saw him perform at Avrom Isaacs memorial service at Olga Korper Gallery in June. It made us all anonymous. His exhibition is coming up after mine at the Christopher Cutts Gallery in January.

5. Five seconds of meditation a day

Breathe in, breathe out. Breathe in, breathe out.

 

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