Taku Obata

  
 

Taku Obata

b.1980 Japan



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Taku Obata was born in 1980 in Saitama, Japan, where he is currently based. In 1999, he formed the hip-hop dance crew Unityselections and refined his style of breakdancing through live performances.


Taku Obata is an artist who produces spatial installations that take "b-boying" (hip-hop style) as their theme and consist of 3D works. His own identity as a b-boy who does break-dancing is a major foundation of his art. 


His actual-size b-boy wooden statues look as if they are ready to break into some powerful dance moves at any moment. Rendered in dynamic poses and somewhat amusing in appearance, they enjoy widespread popularity inside and outside Japan.




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Taku Obata

b.1980 Japan



Taku Obata was born in 1980 in Saitama, Japan, where he is currently based. In 1999, he formed the hip-hop dance crew Unityselections and refined his style of breakdancing through live performances.


Taku Obata is an artist who produces spatial installations that take "b-boying" (hip-hop style) as their theme and consist of 3D works. His own identity as a b-boy who does break-dancing is a major foundation of his art. His actual-size b-boy wooden statues look as if they are ready to break into some powerful dance moves at any moment. Rendered in dynamic poses and somewhat amusing in appearance, they enjoy widespread popularity inside and outside Japan.


Obata has been making big strides as an artist. He took the grand prize at the Tokyo Wonder Wall Contest 2008 (in the category of 3D works and installations) in 2008 and staged a solo exhibition in New York in 2014.


CV

2020
  • Gin Huang Gallery Taichung Opening, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Live Drawing Exhibition, White Conduit Projects, London, UK
  • Solo Show, Japan House London, London, UK
2019
  • “Popping Now” New Collection, GIN HUANG Gallery, Taipei
2018
  • “Hentai”, Elsa Art Gallery, Taipei
  • Art Formosa 2018, Elsa Art Gallery, Taipei
2016
  • “New Sculpture Series II vol.3 Taoka Obata Exhibition” Nihonbashi Takashimaya Art Gallery X, Tokyo
  • “Noritograph” Gallery Kidpress, Tokyo
2014
  • “BUST A MOVE” Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York
2012
  •  “Obata Taoka B-BOY on Sky Court” Nakamura Keith Haring Museum, Yamanashi
2011
  • “Obata Taoka BBOYIZM” Ginza Mitsukoshi 8th Floor Gallery, Tokyo

SELECTED WORKS

B-Girl jersey
2016
Lithograph and Offmetal Silver
33 x 40 cm
edition 12
B-Girl jersey
2016
Lithograph and Offmetal Silver
33 x 40 cm
edition 12
B-Boy Abstract and Slid
2016
18 1/2 x 23 3/5 in
47 x 60 cm
Edition 10
Lithograph and Offmetal Silver
B-Boy Abstract and Slid
2016
18 1/2 x 23 3/5 in
47 x 60 cm
Edition 10
Lithograph and Offmetal Silver

PRESS

Taku Obata's sculpture work in London
VIDEO|Taku Obata’s sculpture work in London
Taku Obata - Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine
PRESS|Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine
VIDEO|TAKU OBATA - IJC MUSEUM - IS JAPAN COOL? ART
VIDEO|TAKU OBATA - IJC MUSEUM - IS JAPAN COOL? ART
VIDEO|SOPHNET. 2020 S/S Movie Part 1 in London
VIDEO|SOPHNET. 2020 S/S Movie Part 1 in London
VIDEO|SOPHNET. 2020 S/S Movie Part 2 in London
VIDEO|SOPHNET. 2020 S/S Movie Part 2 in London
VIDEO|TAKU OBATA 'BUST A MOVE'
VIDEO|TAKU OBATA " BUST A MOVE "
Interview with TAKU OBATA_ The Lonely B-BOY Sculptor Who Freely Manipulates Space & Gravity _ Atelier506
PRESS|Interview with TAKU OBATA
Hybeast- Taku Obata
PRESS|Hypebeast Report
Taku Obata
PRESS|IJC MUSEUM
UOMO- Taku Obata
PRESS|UOMO

EXHIBITION

ART on PAPER @ GIN HUANG Gallery
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ARTSY online show : https://www.artsy.net/show/gin-huang-gallery-art-on-paper
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POPPING NOW
"POPPING NOW" New Collection is from contemporary Japanese artists Izumi Kato, Taku Obata, Yuki Inoue, Sou Hirose, British artist George Morton-Clark, and France artist Val. The exhibition combines traditional art forms and emerging urban art.
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