Opposite Effects


6/4 - 7/11/2020
GALLERY HOURS | Thu.–Sat. 11:00–13:00, 14:00–19:00
CLOSED | Sun–Wed., National Holidays

Special thanks: DDD Artist Residence Program / PARCEL

For those who wish to purchase the works in the PART3 of the exhibition
Information is posted HERE. (2020.7.1)
The lottery for the PART3 has ended and only the winner will be contacted. If you do not receive an email, you will not be selected. Thank you for your understanding.

PART1: June 4 to June 13
Canvas paintings and Drawings

PART:2 June 18 to June 27
Canvas paintings and Drawings

PART3: July 2 to July 11
Wooden sculptures, Silkscreen prints (New works)

PART4: July 13 to July 22
Drawing works before 2019
The venue is not in Aoyama, but in Ginza. please be careful not to go to the wrong place.
Ginsho bldg.6F, 4-9-5 Ginza, Chuou-ku, Tokyo
Open Hours: 11:00-19:00
Closed: Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays


– Artist's statement
I am a B-boy sculptor. My work revolves around B-boy sculptures created by combining such elements as body movement, space and gravity.

For every sculpture that I make, I draw a lot of sketches first. These sketches gradually unfurl according to my ideas that take shape in the process regarding what exactly I want to create. Once I have decided on what the work should ultimately look like, the next step is to take that image and look at it from various angles in my mind, and draw more sketches to elaborate the final shape. Drawing these “plans” is also the stage at which I determine all spatial positional relations of the body, based on my vision of the final piece as an independently working sculpture. I then take my time to carefully carve the sculpture out of a piece of wood, while referencing the plans I have in front of me.

This exhibition focuses mainly on drawings. Among the drawings that I make, there are some that serve as plans for sculptures as described above, and others that are based on those, but have developed rather freely and independently from there as two-dimensional works.
Most of the items on display here were made as independent drawings in their own right.

These drawings represent in several ways the opposite of sculpted works. The biggest and most basic difference is that of dimensions, as these are drawings on two-dimensional surfaces, as opposed to three-dimensional sculptures.
The second one is that, different from making wooden sculptures, where the emphasis is also on the creative process from determining an image to accurately translating that image into a three-dimensional object, here the drawings are created in an offhand manner and without a fixed final image in mind. The emphasis is on such things as impetus and momentum, whereas it is only at the very end that the final appearance crystallizes. I have no fixed rules regarding materials, and just let my imagination fly as I draw in response to the shapes and positions of the paint that I put on the canvas.
I am creating these kinds of drawings with a conscious awareness of them marking the polar opposite of sculptures, both in a physical and a conceptual sense.

Some aspects in the creation process of these drawings apply also to the creation of wooden sculptures.
One element that comes into play is gravity, as I begin by applying fixed amounts of paint onto the medium that I have set up on the floor. I then use a spatula rather than a brush to distribute the paint across the canvas, until there is no paint left to work with.
Determining the amount of paint in each case is equivalent to the act of carving a sculpture out of the limited available material that is a piece of wood.
While representing the opposite of the concept and style of sculpting, these drawings are made by borrowing techniques from the art of sculpting.
They are two-dimensional works created by a sculptor.


Taku Obata was born in 1980 in Saitama, Japan, where he is currently based.
In 1999, he formed the hip-hop dance crew Unityselections and refined his style of breakdancing through live performances. In 2008, Obata received a master’s degree in sculpture from the Tokyo University of the Arts. That same year he won the grand prize at the Tokyo Wonder Wall Grand Prix. Since then he has exhibited his works throughout Japan, including a solo show at the Nakamura Keith Haring Museum in 2012.

1980 Born in Saitama , Japan
2006 BA in Sculpture, Tokyo University of the Arts
2008 MA in sculpture course, Tokyo University of the Arts

Solo Exhibitions
2020 “TAKU OBATA SCULPTURE”, Japan House London, London, UK
2020 “CONNECTIONS”, Over The Influence, Hong Kong
2020 “TAKU OBATA SCULPTURE Display”, Japan House London, London, UK
2020 “TAKU OBATA DRAWING Exhibition”, White Conduit Projects, London, UK
2020 “B BOY JIKI”, Bomma galerie, Paris, FRANCE
2016 “Nolitograph”, Gallery KIDO press, Tokyo, JAPAN
2016 “TAKU OBATA”, ART GALLERY X, Takashimaya NIHOMBASHI, Tokyo, Japan
2014 “BUST A MOVE”, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, USA
2012 “Taku Obata B-BOY on Sky Court”,Nakamura Keith Haring Museum, Yamanashi, JAPAN 2011 “BBOYIZM”,Mitsukoshi Ginza, Tokyo, JAPAN
2009 “IT’S JUST BEGUN”, Tokyo Wondersite, Tokyo, JAPAN

Selected Group Exhibitions
2020 “The Dividing Line” (Virtual exhibition) Fluorescent Smogg, planet Earth
2020 “Fine Line” StolenSpace Gallery, London UK
2019 “BA show” City & Guilds of London Art School, UK
2019 “MA show” City & Guilds of London Art School, UK
2019 “Seven Days Too Long” MirusGallery Denver USA
2018 “HYPER LANDSCAPE” -TAKU OBATA × KAZUKI UMEZAWA- WATARI-UM, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, JAPAN
2018 “HENTAI” ELSA ART GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
2018 “Pⁿ—Powers of PLAY—“ Chinretsukan Gallery, The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, JAPAN
2016 “NEW VITION SAITAMA 5-The Emerging Body“ The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, JAPAN
2015 “SIDE CORE-TOKYO WALKMAN“ hiromiyoshii roppongi, Tokyo,JAPAN
2014 “Group Exhibition (Kanta Matsuo, Takahiro Komuro, Taku Obota) ”CLEAR EDITION & GALLERY, Tokyo, JAPAN
2014 “ARTFAIR TOKYO 2014”, Booth L20: Seibu Shibuya, Tokyo, JAPAN
2013 Singapore Art Week “TOKYO STREET” IKKAN ART GALLERY, Singapore
2012 “SIDE CORE- Japanese art and the scene of street” Batsu Art Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN
2010 “Tokyo Wonder Wall 2000-2009 10years!”, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, JAPAN
2009 “Tokyo Wonder Wall 2008 a prize winner exhibition”, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, JAPAN
2008 “Tokyo Wonder Wall 2008”,Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, JAPAN
2007 “New work from an old studio 3” Mr.Dennchu Hirakushi's residence Sakuragi Ueno, Tokyo, JAPAN
2006 “New work from an old studio 2” Mr.Dennchu Hirakushi's residence Sakuragi Ueno, Tokyo, JAPAN

2008 Tokyo Wonder Wall Grand Prix (sculpture)

Artist in residence
2019-2020 City & Guilds of London Art School, UK


Taku Obata In London (with English subtitle)
vimeo version
Long version