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Current Exhibition

Roppongi | Projects


Takunori Nakata | FLOWER

April 20 (Sat) - June 1 (Sat), 2024

Reception for the Artist : April 20 (Sat) 17:00 - 19:00

List of Works
Installation View

Open: Tuesday – Saturday 12 pm – 7 pm

Closed on Sunday, Monday, National holiday

GALLERY MoMo Projects is pleased to present "FLOWER," a solo exhibition by Takunori Nakata from Saturday, April 20th to Saturday, June 1st. The exhibition will feature a series of works using photogrammetry, in which the subject is photographed from various angles to create realistic 3DCG images, and paintings based on the photogrammetry. He also made AR work related to 3DCG images. 

Takunori Nakata was born in 1982 in Saitama, Japan. He was selected for the "Shell Art Award" in 2010 and "Wonder Seed" in 2011, respectively, and completed his graduate studies at Tama Art University in 2014. In 2013, while still a graduate student, he had his first solo exhibition at ANOTHER FUNCTION (Roppongi, Tokyo), recommended by Kunio Motoe, and the following year he had his first solo exhibition at our gallery as well. In 2021, he was selected as a finalist for the "WATOWA ART AWARD 2021 EXHIBITION," and in 2022, he won the Grand Prix at the "IMA Next #34 Photography and Painting."

In his early works, Nakata depicted familiar landscapes and death-like figures in romantic and fantastical imagery, and then gradually moved away from the reality of the landscape itself, giving a sense of reality to a landscape that does not exist. The 'death' portrayed by Nakata isn't literal but symbolizes a profound presence of mortality within his familiar landscapes, serving as a wellspring of inspiration that renders his works as portals to alternate realities.

In recent years, Nakata has explored the fusion of digital technology, particularly through programming languages, with traditional artistic production methods. By doing so, he aims to infuse his paintings with a newfound sense of inspiration akin to a sixth sense, facilitated by digital tools. Nakata believes this amalgamation not only alters his perspective to a more mathematical one but also enables him to delve into concepts inaccessible through traditional pictorial language alone.

Embracing this artistic evolution, Nakata participated in BankART AIR and the ANB Studio Program in 2022, where he encountered the diverse spectrum of contemporary photographic expression, inspiring him to pursue new avenues of realism. His works, characterized by capturing motifs from multiple perspectives over time and consolidating them into singular flat images, serve as a multifaceted response to the societal pressures Nakata experiences in his daily life in Japan. Utilizing photogrammetry introduces an element of serendipity, distinguishing his works from traditional paintings dictated solely by intentional compositions.

We invite you to witness Nakata's bold experimentation encompassing photography, painting, and AR, encapsulating his innovative exploration of artistic boundaries.



Artist's Comment
I challenged new realism using photogrammetry. The term "realism" here refers to the compression of multiple layers into a single painting, such as the multiple viewpoints of cubism and  the temporal complexities observed in the works of Antonio Lopez (1936-) and others.

 In my creative process, I arranged flowers in a vase and meticulously captured them from diverse angles until their eventual withering. Leveraging these photographs, photogrammetry was employed to generate objects imbued with multiple viewpoints and temporal dimensions. Subsequently, these generated objects were refined using 3D software (not generated instantaneously like the final artwork). Furthermore, these works serve as motifs for my oil paintings.

Moreover, certain photographic pieces in this exhibition draw inspiration from the arrangement of cameras, influenced by my visit to David Hockney's exhibition (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2023), in translating the generated multi-temporal, multi-viewpoint motifs into a unified flat image. This process was not intended as a reference to Hockney's point of view, but rather as a metaphor for my own work.

Takunori Nakata, 2024


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