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Billowing Light: ISHIDA Takashi

ishida takashi billowing light


This is the first large-scale solo exhibition devoted to the work of ISHIDA Takashi (b. 1972), an artist who has been receiving a great deal of attention in recent years in the areas of experimental film and contemporary art.  

Ishida started out as a painter but around 1992 he began making films composed of handmade drawings shot with a stop-frame animation technique. Since then, he has won renown in the fields of experimental film and contemporary art for works like "The Art of Fugue" of 2001, an original film created at the Aichi Art and Culture Center, and "Wall of the Sea" of 2007, which was created during a residency at the Yokohama Museum of Art.  

Drawing animation is a basic technique that Ishida uses in making his works, enabling him to move back and forth across the line between painting and moving image art. By bringing a variety of elements into the interval between these two art forms such as the body (physical action), music, and the creative environment (architecture, light, sound), he creates a chaotic artistic space that is difficult to define.  

This exhibition is a summation of his work up to the present and a significant step in his ongoing artistic development. It includes both early and recent film/video works and two-dimensional works that have accompanied or are related to them.


"Wall of the Sea, "2007,
Triple channel video
Installation view at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2011
(c)Takashi Ishida, Photo:Hiroyuki Shirai 


"Burning Chair," 2013, Single channel video
(c)Takashi Ishida


"Wall of the Sea,"
Production scean at Yokohama Museum of Art, 2006
(c)Takashi Ishida


"Where Light Falls (tentative)," 2015, Video
(c)Takashi Ishida 


"Emaki / Wave," 2010, Video
(c)Takashi Ishida


"The Art of Fugue," 2001,
Ink and pencil on paper
(c)Takashi Ishida


"Drawing on the Sand," 2011, Video
(c)Takashi Ishida

*Exhibition Tour:
  September 18(Fri.)-October 25(Sun.), 2015   Okinawa Prefectual Museum & Art Museum  (tentative)


ISHIDA Takashi (Born, lives and works in Tokyo)

Born in 1972, ISHIDA Takashi is a painter and film artist. He mainly uses a technique of drawing animation, which consists in drawing lines and shooting them one frame at a time. By interposing multiplying lines, moving points or some other mobile element, Ishida’s installations produce various changes in the quality of the space. He received the Most Promising Young Talent Prize of the Gotoh Commemorative Culture Award in 2007. He is also associate professor at Tama Art University.

His recent major exhibitions include “Quest for Vision Vol.2: Ishida Takashi and Genealogy of Abstract Animation” at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in 2009, “MOT Collection Silent Narrator: On Plural Stories Special Feature: Takashi Ishida” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in 2011 and “Double Vision: Contemporary Art from Japan” at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art in 2012.


Dates   March 28 (Sat.)-May 31 (Sun.), 2015
Closed                                   Thursdays
Open Hour10:00-18:00 (admission until 17:30)                         
Organizers     Yokohama Museum of Art ,
THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN                                      
In Cooperation with     Minatomirai Line, Yokohama Cable Vision Inc.,
Yokohama FM Broadcasting Co., Ltd.,                              
Metropolitan Expressway Co., Ltd.,  Taka Ishii Gallery,
Tama Art University,
Department of Moving Image and Performing Arts       

*The 18th Japan Media Arts Festival Cooperative Program


Pair Tickets
*A pair of tickets for two people.
*On sale from October 25 until December 28, 2014.                            
University students
High school students 
Junior high school students                      600(500)
Elementary school students
and younger
*Advance tickets are on sale from January 3 until March 27, 2015
*( )= Advance and Group of over 20 people (pre-booking required)
*Free Admission on April 4th, 2015 
*Admission for high school and younger student is free every Saturday.
 (Student ID or student handbook required)
* Visitors with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge.  
  (Please present certificate at the admission.) 
*Collection gallery is available with this ticket.

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