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Taro Takizawa

Taro Takizawa

Profile Location
Syracuse , NY

Taro Takizawa is an artist who focuses on printmaking, wall vinyl installations, drawings and 2D designs. Born in Japan, he has been making images connecting what he has experienced in Japan where he grew up and, in the U.S. since he moved here in 2002 and currently resides. His works contains both western and eastern aesthetics with appreciation of traditional printmaking processes and mark making. He is fascinated with blending the boundaries of contemporary studio practice and traditional processes, printmaking and installations, influenced by traditional Japanese patterns from textile designs, architecture and crafts.

He received with his BFA with a printmaking emphasis from Central Michigan University in 2011, and MFA in printmaking from Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts in 2017. Recent awards includes, Gamblin Emerging Artist Award, ArtPrize Artist Seed Grant from Frey Foundation, Awagami Paper Award from Awagami Factory, Living Arts of Tulsa Fellowship from Andy Warhol Foundation, and Saltonstall Fellowship. Takizawa has recently participated in Syracuse University Turner Semester in LA, Los Angeles, CA, Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts in Ithaca, NY, and Morgan Conservatory AIR in Cleveland OH.

Artist Statement

My work engages in an intuitive practice, not just labor and execution, but a process of making patterns, by drawing, painting, carving, cutting, and printing. My brain is constantly spinning to make my next decision of how I want to move, looking for reactions between lines, ideas, and associations between the contemporary and personal history, perspective, thought, Japanese heritage and permanent memory.

The work is a tool to rediscovering the Japanese history and culture. I realized this after moving to the United States, where everyone asks me questions about where I came from. Since I didn’t pay much attention to my everyday life while in Japan, I had to do research about my own country, its culture and its history to show what Japan is like, from both historical and cultural viewpoints. What becomes evident in studying history is patterns. The patterns used in my work show the ripple, steam and flow of water which is important because Japan is surrounded by the ocean. I am influenced by Japanese art, especially the Japanese block prints (Ukiyo-e) from the 17th century through the 19th century; waves and rivers, how these waters are rendered fascinates me.

The way I create my work is I will try to transmit energy and emotion on to the surface, whether on a paper or a wall, by reacting and responding to the previous marks I’ve made on the surface which is usually cuts or carvings. I relate to the Zen priests practice to enhance their concentration by raking the gravel of the Zen gardens, there are similarities between my work. I find it exciting and beautiful the way I cut, carve, repeat lines pause and think for a moment, and repeat.

Print / Paper

Exhibitions Featuring this Artist

Joanna Anos
Cameron Bailey
Diana Behl
Laura Bigger
Annie Bissett
Denise Brady
Noah Breuer
Chandler Brutscher
Hunter Bryan
Anne Burton
Kyle Chaput
Paul Coldwell
Julian Davies
Barbara Duval
Meryl Engler
Drew Etienne
William Evertson
Thomas Faulkner
Enrique Figueredo
Jonathan Fisher
Floki Gauvry
Colin Gillespie
Jean Gumpper
Amy Haney
Melissa Harshman
Cheryl Hochberg
David Johnson
Nina Jordan
Wendy Ketchum
Sarah Kinard
Jun Lee
Charlene Liu
Jennifer Martin
KyeongAh Min
Brooke Molla
Steven Munoz
Kathleen Neacy
Mia O
Bonnie OConnell
Ali Osborn
Jager Palad
Endi Poskovic
Elizabeth Powell
Marilyn Propp
Eric Rewitzer
Mark Rice
John-Mark Schlink
Una Scott
Emmeline Solomon
Piotr Stachlewski
Valerie Syposz
Taro Takizawa
Adrian Tio
Roberto Torres
Catherine Wild
Josh Winkler
Una Scott
6/5/20 to 8/28/20
Print / Paper

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