Towa Takaya 

Artist, painter 

 

Born in 1992, Tokyo. Currently based in Tokyo. Moved to London in 2011 and studied art and design in Central Saint Martins school of Art. Graduated from Goldsmiths, University of Arts London with a bachelor’s degree in Art in 2016. Her paintings whose uniqueness appears by elegant lines and mystic colors are rooted in trans-disciplinary thoughts from spatial to time and existence. Takaya has been focusing on painting as well as exporting digital medium including filming and Virtual Reality. She expands her art practice to other creative fields, cooperating as art supervision for filmmaking and other commercial works. She participated in group exhibitions: ART FAIR TOKYO 2019 at Tokyo International Forum: Smile of Flowers in 2018, Kobayashi Gallery, Tokyo: Adobe Max Japan 2017 at PACIFICO YOKOHAMA: TSUNAGARI Project at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Tokyo: Enter in 2016 at exhibition room of Daigaku Kaikan, University of the Arts, Tokyo: ON the THRESHOLD II : Formal Presence in 2016 at Oriental museum in Darham, UK. 

Artist statement

Since my nomination to the 83rd KOKUTEN at the National Art Centre in Tokyo in 2009, I have explored my own painterly way; proposing as paintings the origin of space where we cannot speak.

I create with my paintings, whichever abstract or figurative, a space in which physicality and relation between materials are presented in a different way from the world they usually belong to.

In my art practice, there is no subject matter presented but appearance of objects in the painting displays the presence, or being, before it functions as symbol or sign to generate certain narratives. The space created is often flat, both in terms of semiology and perspective. There is no division between past, present and future. The works point out the place where language doesn't start to generate meaning but have presence.

EDUCATION 

 

Center for Special Information Science in The University of Tokyo 

Cooperative Research Fellow   Jan,2017- present 

                                       

Goldsmith College, University of London  

BA (Hons), Fine Art      2012-2015

 

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design , University of Arts London  

Foundation Diploma for Art and Design  2011– 2012

 

Keio University (Japan)

BA, Economics  2010– 2011 

 

 

CV

Introducing the artist 

Towa Takaya creates with her paintings, whichever abstract or figurative, a space in which physicality and relation between materials are presented (not represented) in a different way from the world they usually belong to.  

 

This space does not have its own meaning. Neither has it depth. In other words, the space she creates is flat, both in terms of semiology and perspective. Besides, neither has it the flow of time; there is no division between past, present and future. Concerning time sequence, the space the painting proposes is also flat.

 

It does not mean that the space of Towa’s works generates no meanings. Rather, the space creates a flat space in which beholder and the work encounter, and at that time the meaning emerges. In other words, her works have a potential to generate a phenomenological encounter, so that it generates rather than has meanings. That is, only if the space of her works is in contact with the beholders who perceive the world with the sense of time-flow, meaning and story about the works begin to appear. 

 

In this sense, the space which her paintings generate seems to be “the space of appearance,” in H. Arendt’s terminology. She claims that in the space of appearance

 

[t]o be alive means to live in a world that preceded one’s own arrival and will survive one’s own departure. On this level of sheer being alive, appearance and disappearance, as they follow upon each other, are the primordial events, which as such mark out time, the time span between birth and death. (H. Arendt, The Life of the Mind)

 

Towa’s paintings require to be experienced in a space which enables layered spaces to coexist. At the primordial level of experience, the painting is flat, because it is not linked with meaning, space, and time of the “world that preceded one’s own arrival”. However, her painting activates the world at the moment of phenomenological encounter in the space of appearance where appearance of disappearance and disappearance of appearance make sense at once. For instance, while the visual, or substantial, appearance of objects and body on canvas emerges as the disappearance of their usual form, the appearance of the original form of them (in the Aristotelian sense) is proposed as the disappearance of their forms which are con-figured visually and materially. Here, flatness of painting itself and layers of spaces it creates coexist, as it presents appearance with disappearance.

 

The reason Towa’s works function as such is that they create, or themselves are, the space of appearance, which is flat and simultaneously layered in terms of meaning, time and space. In this way, Towa proposes as paintings the origin of space which enables the phenomenological encounter.

 

Junya Utsumi

SOLO EXHIBITION 

 

 

Plastic Rendez-vous

Organised by Yutaro Ono

5th base gallary (London, England)

 

Either me or you 

Suponsored by Jun Atsushi & Kaoru Ichikawa Fine Art 

(http://www.j-kfineart.sakura.ne.jp/)

DESIGN FESTA GALLERY EAST 302  (Tokyo, Japan) 2014

 

The One                                       

Jun Atsushi & Kaoru Ichikawa Fine Art (Mie, Japan )  2013

 

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITION

Smile of Flowers 

Venue:Kobayashi Gallery

Adress; 3F, 1-15-13,Shiba, Minato-ku,Tokyo,JAPAN  

Sven Fresher Green

Venue; Kobayashi Gallery

Adress:7-5-12, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Ginza, Tokyo, JAPAN

Enter

Curated by Jyunya Utsumi (Graduate School of Global Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts)
Exhibition Room,  Faculty of Music Campus, Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo, Japan)

6th -9th Dec, 2017 
 

Wework x Creative Debuts 

Wework at Devonshire Square (London,UK) 

25 April,2016- Present

 

 

Oliver Agency x Creative Debutes 

Oliver Agency (Shoreditch, London, UK)

19 April,2016 - Present

 

 

ON the THERESHOLD II: Formal Presence

Oriental Museum/ Teikyo University DURHAM (Durham, UK)

29 Jan - 20 May, 2016

https://www.dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum/

 

ON the THRESHOLD

Oriental Museum/ Teikyo University DURHAM (Durham, UK)

10 -15 Nov, 2015

https://www.dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum/whatson/details/?id=27959

 

 

Hoxton Hotel x Creative Debuts 

Hoxton Gallery in Hoxton Hotel Holborn (London, UK) 

6th Octorber 2015- 6th Janurary 2016

https://hoxtown.com/events/hoxtown-gallery-presents-creative-debuts

 

GOLDSMITHS, UNIVERSITY of LONDON

Graduates Exhibition curated by VJB Arts,

10 Gresham Street, (London, UK) Sep  2015- Jan 2016

http://vjbarts.com/

 

 

Creative Debuts Showcase VIII  (Whitechapel Gallery's First Thursday)

Black and White building (London, UK) 2015

http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/first-thursdays/galleries/creative-debuts-x-black-white-building/

 

 

GOLDSMITHS DEGREE SHOW 2015

Goldsmiths, University of London (London, UK) 2015

 

 

RAW TALENT 2014 

Dalston Department Store (project space)  (London, UK) 2014

 

 

ART KAMEYAMA 2012  

Shiboriya, Kameyama Higashi shopping street (Mie, Japan)  2012

 

 

Painting Show                              

Central Saint Martins College of Art (London, UK)  2012

 

 

ART KAMEYAMA in TOKYO     

DESIGN FESTA GALLERY (Tokyo, Japan) 2011

 

Informania 

Keio Raiousya Gallery  (Kanagawa, Japan)   2010

 

FILM FESTIVAL

Maebashi Film Festival 2016

Sponsored  by Maebashi Film Festival Execution Committee

11th-12th Nov,2016 (Maebashi, Japan)

 

AWARD

 

Young Creators Award 2017 

MI Gallery

14th-31st Oct, 2017 (Osaka, Japan)    

83rd KOKUTEN                                   

THE NATIONAL ART CENTER, TOKYO (Tokyo, Japan) 2009

 

 

COLLABORATION

 

Collaboration with Kuriya Keiko

from "the thirty three forms of antiquity" 

Organised by Honoka Natsuyama(from Kuriya Keiko) and Yutaro Ono

Special thanks to Jun Atsushi & Kaoru Ichikawa Fine Art

Kuriya Keiko (London, England) 2015

http://www.kuriya.co.uk/

ARC x TOWA TAKAYA

live performance for VR painting @ NTT docomo Ventures,(Tokyo, Japan)

22nd March, 2017

Operated by ARC

Technical assistance by Nano media 

The venue provided by NTT docomo Ventures

SAMPO,Inc x TOWA TAKAYA

live performance (experimentation)

1st May to 5th Oct 2017

Operated by Riku Murakami and Issui Shioura

https://guns-slashriku.wixsite.com/sampo

WORKSHOP

TUNAGARI Project -Picture Happiness on Earth-

Venue; National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan)

Event website: https://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/sp/picture_happiness/

ART FAIR TOKYO 2019

7th March –10th March, 2019

Supported by;Art Tokyo Association

Venue;Tokyo International Forum

Official website:https://artfairtokyo.com/2019/overview