1tt A Hardened Nest, Takaaki Tanaka (Japan), Kozo mulberry fiber, flax, iron, 57" x 75" x 15.5", 2012
1tt A Hardened Nest, Takaaki Tanaka, Kozo mulberry fiber, flax, iron, 57" x 75" x 15.5", 2012, $10,000
selected collections and exhibition venues:
Japan Society Gallery, New York, New York (Fiber Futures: Japan's Textile Pioneers - catalog/traveling exhibition); Takefu City Hall, Fukui, Japan; Imadate Museum of Art, Fukui Japan; Korea Culture Gallery/Korean Embassy, Tokyo, Japan (Korea and Japan Textile Network Exhibition); Futaba Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo exhibition); You Hall, Gunma, Japan (Kami Paper Modern Art); University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland /University of Lapland, Rovanemi, Finland/Academy of Arts, Tauiun, Estonia/Academy of Arts, Riga, Latvia (Fiber as Art X - traveling exhibition); Main Art Gallery, Marmara University, Istanbul Turkey/Kyrgyz National Museum of Fine Art, Bishkek,Kyrgyzstan (Japan Modern Textile Art - traveling exhibition); Tama University Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (Fiber with a Will of Its Own). Current: Associate Professor at Kurashiki City College, Department of Apparel Arts.
1tt A Harden Nest, Takaaki Tanaka, Kozo mulberry fiber, flax, iron, 57" x 75" x 15.5", 2012, $10,000
I am interested in the way that fiber made from paper, a material harvested from plants, can take on a completely different aspect when it hardens to form a new shape inspired by the natural world. With the phenomenon of nature and returning to nature as my themes, I want people to visualize my work in this series as a "nest," a fundamental starting point for many species of animal life. The shapes become emotional shapes that illustrate themes of nature, sense of touch and communication.