Takashi Kunitani

TypeArtist
Associated person(s)
URLsArtist's page
Institutions/museums Ulterior Gallery New York


Exhibitions
Solo exhibition2018Something RedKyoto Art CenterKyoto, Japan
Group exhibition2018Medium of ExchangeShirley Fiterman Art Center (SFAC) at Borough of Manhattan Community CollegeNew York, USA
Group exhibition2017POST LIVING ROOMSHIBUYA HIKARIE 8 / CUBE 1, 2, 3Tokyo, Japan
Group exhibition2016Light: fixtures and sculpturesLMAK galleryNew York, USA
Solo exhibition2015CHANNEL 6: Deep ProjectionHyogo Prefectural Museum of Art,Hyogo, Japan
Group exhibition2013Pavilion 0Signum Foundation Palazzo DonaVenice, Italy
Solo exhibition2005Takashi KunitaniCASOsaka, Japan
Group exhibition2005City_net Asia 2005Seoul Museum of ArtSeoul, Korea
Group exhibition2001Selected Artists in Kyoto 2001: New Wave,The Museum of KyotoKyoto, Japan


Artworks in Collections
Nippon Pillar Packing Co.Osaka, Japan


2020
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Places of residence

Kyoto, Japan

2020
2001
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Projects

Kyoto, Japan
In the years since he began working on it in 2001, Kunitani’s series of sculpture installations, Spaceless Space, has become his signature work. While room-sized installations of works from this series have been shown at museums in Kyoto, Hyogo, and Osaka.

2001
2001
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Projects

Kyoto, Japan
In his Spaceless Space series (2001– present), Takashi Kunitani merges his own body with the industrial neon tube. The irregular, bulbous shapes are the result of Kunitani deforming the neon tube with his breath. The artist’s transformation of the tube moves it away from its industrial associations as it becomes an organic object, radiating with glowing argon that fills a biomorphic volume.

2001
1994 - 1997
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Education

Shiga, Japan
BA in Fine Arts, Seian University of Art and Design

1994 - 1997
1974
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Born

Kyoto, Japan

1974

Artist Statement

The distance of space and myself

Human beings and space have the relation which involved intricately deeply.

When considering existence of space, probably, it will be difficult to exclude our body. It is because we capture our environment by feeling space in our body and we have a body physically in space all the time. I think that we understand and integrate space by thoughts when my piece works on the sense of our body. My work is not only regarded as a mere matter, but also it becomes a part of viewer’s body as a situation. Then it is neither logic nor a level of recognition, but it expands our thoughts toward our internal domain.

I think that my work be able to achieve a function like the installation which creates new meaning and view of the world in audience’s notion with my piece. It may be too uncertain, since the occurrence which happens into their consciousness through the body. And objectivity is missing when an audience stands at the site with my work because this experience is very independent. However, I consider that "the body is here now" can realize strongly by sense of such a place.

In the relation of human being and space, I am intrigued to ask the world that surrounded us and the state of matter. Furthermore, it is also interesting how people confront them. There are people's viewpoint and movement by arrangement of the position in which people are presence, the body, space, time, and objects. These are related to audience's own positions on the basis of their body. What is shown by the sense of a site relates to our existence and these are connected to audience's own positions of their body. Then the meaning of the work is actualized by an audience's experience and completed by an audience's participation itself.

Your existence and my existence make perfection of my work and demonstrate your presence and my presence.

Takashi Kunitani

https://takashikunitani.com (22.10.2019)

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Spaceless Spaces (Deep Projection) photo Spaceless Spaces (Deep Projection) 2015 Takashi Kunitani 
Spaceless Spaces Six photo Spaceless Spaces Six 2018 Takashi Kunitani