Taku Obata Brings Towering B-Boy Wooden Sculptures to artKYOTO Fair

Geometric figures clad in down jackets and quilted coats.

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Japanese artist Taku Obata is well-known for creating life-sized sculptures of geometric subjects that glean inspiration from hip-hop and breakdance cultures. International dealer Over The Influence is currently showcasing new works by Obata at the first-ever artKYOTO fair in Kyoto, Japan. Taking place at the world heritage site, Nijō Castle, the gallery is one of 150 participants at the sprawling installment that is currently running until September 9.

Obata recently took to Instagram to unveil two new sculptures at Over The Influence’s booth at the fair. The first figure portrays a b-boy clad in a white down jacket with a protruding set of goggles. The other work contrasts the former with a quilted long-coat and its arms folded while adorning a flapped cap. Both pieces are made of wood.

“Deeply connected to B-Boy culture in Japan, Obata captures, exaggerates and deforms the human body in dancing movement, emphasizing the bodies’ shapes, poses, and physiques, while eliminating the emotional or inner elements of the figures,” said the gallery in a statement.

View the figures above and peep the Instagram posts below to get a glimpse of Over The Influence’s booth at artKYOTO 2019.

Nijō Castle
541 Nijojocho
Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto
Japan 604-8301

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初開催のアートフェア京都に、ロンドンから遠隔で3Dデータから作った木彫を @oti.official から出品します。世界遺産の二条城にて明日から9月9日まで開催されます。自分はロンドンにいて京都にはいませんが、よろしくお願いします。?? Wood carving made from 3D data remotely from London will be exhibited from @oti.official at the first art fair in Kyoto. It will be held from tomorrow to September 9th at Nijo Castle, a world heritage site.?? Please come and see. I'm in London so I'm not there, but thank you. 2019.9.7-9「artKYOTO」京都•二条城?? 会期:2019年9月7日〜9日 11:00-20:00⚠️(最終日は16:00まで) 会場:元離宮二条城(二の丸御殿台所、御清所、東南隅櫓) Art Kyoto Booth D19 from September 06-09 お問い合わせは→ hk@overtheinfluence.com For inquiries please email →hk@overtheinfluence.com 住所 元離宮二条城二の丸 御殿台所、御清所、東南隅櫓 京都府京都市中京区二条通堀川西入二条城町541 旧皇居別荘二条城 二の丸御殿大処(大所oko房)、置yo処(置yo所)、東南隅倉(南東望楼) 京都市二条通二条町堀川541 Photo by @muramatsuken1 #artkyoto #artfairkyoto #二条城 #世界遺産 #NijoCastle #takuobata #小畑多丘 #oti #woodensculpture #sculpture #bboy #sculpter #木彫 #3d #遠隔彫刻

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