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kara at the Japan Foundation


February 21, 2008
by Canadian Architect

The Japan Foundation, Toronto presents kara by Daisuke Takeya. In this exhibition taking place from Tuesday, March 11 to Friday, May 9, 2008, both Canadian and Japanese cityscapes are depicted as subjects being observed from a distance.

“Kara ” in Japanese means “empty” and this same character can also be pronounced as “sora” which means “sky”. This series of cityscape paintings are each entitled “kara” because the sky seems empty. Unique characteristics of the cities are gradually faded and almost removed. Inhabitants are separated from their cities and temporarily relieved of the problems of modern society. The skylines in these works appear like symbols, which express minimal images of art. Takeya has lived in busy cities under the skies of both Canada and Japan. Through this series of paintings, he reveals the serenity to be found in urban scenery.

This exhibition will also showcase some of his past works, which have led to this project.

Daisuke Takeya is an artist who broadens the possibilities of social context in realistic painting using portraits and urban motifs. The primary characteristic of Takeya’s work is that he sees production as a process of putting himself in a particular place and then understanding it.

Takeya was born in Japan, studied in New York and now resides in Toronto. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York and a Masters of Fine Arts from the New York Academy of Art. He has had solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the U.S. and Japan, including a solo exhibition at the Prince Takamado gallery at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo in 2004, and two exhibitions at Christopher Cutts gallery, a major private gallery in Toronto.

The Japan Foundation is located at 131 Bloor Street West in Toronto, on the second floor of the Colonnade Building.

A lecture by Gordon Hatt takes place on Thursday, March 27 at 7:00pm, and an artist’s talk by Daisuke Takeya takes place on Thursday, April 10 at 7:00pm.

Admission is free, but please RSVP for each event by calling 416.966.1600 ext. 600 or by e-mailing [email protected]



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