Taro Takizawa is a recent graduate from the College of Visual and Performing Arts in Syracuse University as a printmaking MFA candidate. "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, where my brain is constantly spinning to make my next decision of how I want to move, looking for reactions between lines, ideas relations and associations between the contemporary and personal history, perspective, thought, Japanese heritage and permanent memory The work is a tool to rediscovering the history and culture. I realized this after I moved to the United States, where everyone will ask me questions about where I came from. Since I haven’t paid much to my everyday life while I was in Japan, I had to do research and study about my own country, its culture and its history in order to show what Japan is like, from both the historical and cultural viewpoints. What becomes evident in studying history is patterns. The patterns I use show the streams and flow of water which is also important because Japan is surrounded by the ocean. I am influenced by our art, especially the Japanese block prints (Ukiyo-e) from the 17th century through the 19th century, the waves and rivers, how these waters are rendered fascinates me. The Japanese Zen gardens (枯山水karesansui) are also related to my work how the raking of gravel helps the Zen priests to enhance their concentration, and help them focus on the present. I personally see their practice similar to mine, where many things that gets in front of you holding back, will vanish when I am focused, and it will keep me present. The way I create my work is I will try and 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 find it exciting and beautiful the way I cut, carve, repeat lines pause and think for a moment, and repeat. I think about how our culture has been untouched, uncontaminated for a long time while our country was closed. We are still able to hold our culture and our sense of aesthetics because of the unbroken depth of traditions and its important to us in this rapidly changing present century". Takizawa was born and raised in Japan. He received a B.F.A. in 2-D with an emphasis in printmaking from Central Michigan University. Recently he has been showing his works in variety of locations, including A Long History Cut Short at Point of Contact Gallery, Syracuse; Deep End at Apostrophe’S, Syracuse; Chautauqua School of Art Annual Student Exhibition at Fowler-Kellogg Art Center, Chautauqua, New York; PARADOX City Student Project: Reactivating Central Poznan at CK Zamek, Poznan, Poland; and PARADOX CITY at UP Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
Taro's ArtPrize Entries
These are Taro's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Taro's Past Work
These are images of past work that Taro has done.