Time: May 27, 2014 from 7pm to 10pm
Location: Ouchi Gallery
Street: 170 Tillary Street Suite 105
City/Town: Brooklyn NY11201
Website or Map: http://www.ouchigallery.com/#…
Event Type: opening, reception
Organized By: Asako Zenna (Ouchi Gallery)
Latest Activity: May 20, 2014
The Ouchi Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition by Takorasu in New York, curated by Asako Zenna. The show provides a journey to the futuristic yet nostalgic world of Takorasu titled TAKORANTIS –Takorasu Steam World― in which mechanical creatures reside, created by incredible minute pen drawings.
Takorasu’s works often tend to be referred to as steampunk; one of the sub-genres of science fiction which features airships and old‐fashioned machines, controlled by steam engines, such as in the novels of Jules Verne.
In the concept of Takorasu, the kinetic towns are alive and travel around the world. Although there are residents in each living town, they do not know their town is moving, even though their lives and cultural development help to expand it. The story indicates the connection between the microscopic world and the macrocosmic in our actual society. Cells of creatures, relationships between people, big cities as an aggregation of small towns, countries, and the view of life in the galaxy―everything is part of the world and connected to one world like cogwheels. Takorasu represents this with his works in both simple and comical ways.
Born in 1978, Takorasu is a Tokyo-based pen artist / graphic creator. He trained his drawing technique in a manga club while he attended Shumei University. After graduation, he worked at a trading company of machine tools, and his interest in mechanical structure formed at that time. He then went back to school to study graphic design at Nippon Design College. After he learned design in 2004, he blended all his experiences and began to express his original imagination through drawings, sculptures, animations and music as Takorasu.
Currently, he participates in concept designs for a series of video games entitled Bravely Default, by Square Enix, and a TV animation program, Musica Piccolino, by Japanese broadcasting station NHK. He has had five solo exhibitions and participated in many group exhibitions in Japan. His award-winning works are highly regarded and have gained him many loyal fans.