A solo exhibition by Taichi Kondo
TAICHI inherits the blood of two different countries, through his Japanese father and Filipino mother. Although he was born in Japan, and is currently based in Tokyo, he’s always chosen the Philippines to showcase his art. As such, he coined the word “JAPINOYSME,” inspired by the concept of Japonism, which likewise influenced the Impressionists of the 19th century. Japonism is a popular Ukiyo-e culture that has spread to the West, affecting many artists and the general public as well. While recognizing the differences that exist between Japan and the Philippines, TAICHI produces works that focus on the foundation underlying both cultures. This he named JAPINOYSME. Aware that a new culture is always created when two different cultures mix, TAICHI chooses to use a rooster motif to symbolize their common ground. In his mother’s hometown in Bacolod, Philippines, roosters blend in with the people’s daily lives, and also represent the liveliness of their everyday pastimes as seen particularly in cockfights. In Japan, on the other hand, they are domesticated like broilers and are seen only as food. The rooster highlights the similarities between Japan and the Philippines, and at the same time reflects the differences between the two countries. TAICHI creates his works by drawing strong lines, soft shapes, and vivid colors, which focus on the culture, social background, and history of the two countries. The purpose of this exhibition is for everyone to appreciate this.
Born in 1988
April 2016 – First solo exhibition at Finale Art File
Takuma Tanaka, Public collection: Ulster Museum, National Museum in Northern Ireland, and more. Auction: Bonhams in HK, and more.