This October, we welcome a delightful and enlightening series of work to Agora Gallery. Elements of Form: Kozo Takano / a solo exhibition will open on October 9, 2012, giving viewers the opportunity to admire this artistâ€™s playful creations, and will run until October 30, 2012. The opening reception will take place on October 11, 2011. As always, art enthusiasts are warmly invited to attend.
Kozo Takano says that his first genuine artistic inspiration struck him out of the blue, when he was 17 years old and walking down a dusty road. He was mesmerized by the patterns the gravel had made, and a painting was born in his mind. From there, he has never looked back, but has gone from strength to strength and idea to idea.
One of the artistâ€™s driving forces is to simply make his audience happy. He feels that there is a lack of humor and play in the art world, and in the real world that surrounds it, and he hopes through his work to add a lighter note to both. In this way he can touch the lives of those who view his work and all the lives that they themselves are involved with, simply by having helped the viewers to move to a happier state.
There is a sense of joy as well as humor in Takanoâ€™s works, as if the smiles that motivate him are beaming out of the canvases and encouraging the audience to join in. This makes viewing his works a touchingly pleasurable experience, as though we are all invited to participate in a charming, harmless and essentially improving joke.
The artist who had the greatest influence on Takano was Picasso, whose work Takano saw at a young age. He did not initially understand the full impact of what he was seeing, but the images never left him and in time he began to appreciate what had struck him so strongly â€“ the fact that presenting things in a realistic way can often fail to show things as they are in essence. With that understanding he was able to bring the realization to his own work, and aim to show things as they really are through paradoxically altering the way they appear.
It is this ability which gives Takanoâ€™s work its most distinctive quality: the way it combines reality, fact, imagination and subtle amusement to create something that is wholly new yet also provides insight into the world we know. Persuasive, appealing and direct, the results speak to us all and encourage us to smile.
Exhibition dates: October 9, 2012 â€“ October 30, 2012
Reception: Thursday, October 11, 2012 6-8 p.m.
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
Gallery Hours: Tues â€“ Sat, 11 a.m. â€“ 6 p.m.