Kei Takemura “Which moment is the most exciting?”

Pola Museum of Art

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[Image: "Playing Cards 2017, Austrian Cards on German Cards" (2017) 19th-century German playing cards, Japanese silk thread, synthetic fibers, 800x125mm, 24 pieces, ©Kei Takemura photo by ©Kenji Takahashi]

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Kei Takemura is an artist who attributes new aesthetic value to forgotten objects, past memories, and personal stories through his works such as those comprising the “Restored” series. Here he combined pieces of embroidered thin white cloth with photographs and drawings to produce works that reconstruct and keep a record of personal stories relating to himself and his close friends, and that which has been lost or forgotten. Takemura also temporarily fixes personal items that have been damaged through everyday wear and tear by wrapping them in thin fabric that is then stitched with white silk thread.
This exhibition focuses on the individual moments that overlap to create the flow of daily life, and the beauty of time in memoriam. Recently Takemura has produced works that incorporate playing cards sharing universal meanings that function regardless of geographical or linguistic differences. Here you can see the 24 works from the “Playing Cards 2017, Austrian Cards on German Cards” series, where he has embroidered German-made cards with Austrian designs using Japanese silk thread, expressing the transgression of geographic and temporal borders. You can also see pieces from “Playing Dominos in J.City,” which is a series inspired by a card game named “Domino” that the artist first came across this year and is popular in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta. This is the first time any of these works has been shown publicly.

[Related Event]
Artist Talk & Performance of “Meeting Point with Playing Card”
Date: Jan. 13 (Sat), 15:00-
Performer: Kei Takemura
Venue: 1F Atrium Gallery, Pola Museum of Art
*Event in Japanese.
*Please see the official website for booking and further details.



from January 13, 2018 to March 11, 2018


Kei Takemura



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