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Susumu Takashima

Born 1959: Hyogo, Japan
Lives in Tokyo, Japan

Drawing for Tools and Materials
My works are divided into three kinds according to the drawing tools and materials; one
is “Drawing for Brushes, Ink and Paper”, two is “Drawing for Pencil Sharpeners, Colored Pencils and Canvas” and three is “Drawing for Silverpoint”. All of the drawings consist of an accumulation of lines, and each line becomes gradually thinner or thicker from the start to the end.

A line drawn by a brush is thickest with full ink at the start, and gradually becomes thinner to be blurred out, just like a decrescendo.

A line drawn by a colored pencil pointed by a pencil sharpener is thinnest at the start,
and gradually becomes thicker, just like a crescendo.

Such changes in thickness of lines will build up a shape in each of my drawings.

Tools and materials are just a means for expression essentially; however, each shape on my works is to express the structure of tools and materials themselves.

I would rather play tools and materials themselves, just like a musician playing an in- strument, than represent something with them.

Therefore the title of my works shall be “Drawing for Brushes, Ink and Paper”, “Draw- ing for Pencil Sharpeners, Colored Pencils and Paper” and “Drawings for Silverpoint” just like classical music.

Education
1982  BA Department of Architecture of Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan
1984  MA Department of Oil Painting of Musashino Art School, Tokyo, Japan
1987-88 Studies at the Institute Allende, Mexico

Solo Exhibitions
2012 Chandler Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2012 Shonandai MY Gallery, Roppongi, Tokyo
2011 Gallery Hakudotei, Kyobashi, Tokyo
Motoazabu Gallery Sakudaira, Nagano
Shonandai MY Gallery, Roppongi, Tokyo
2010 Gallery Beaux, Ginza, Tokyo
Shonandai MY Gallery, Roppongi, Tokyo
2009 Shonandai MY Gallery, Roppongi, Tokyo
2008 Gallery Tems, Koganei, Tokyo

Selected Group Exhibition
2012 Art Kite Show/Forum Art Shop & Gallery, Tokyo and Gallery Asuka, Nara
“Encouragement of Learning” at the Municipal Museum of Art, Tokyo
ArtPad Art Fair, San Francisco, CA

2011 Kit + Takashima Exhibition/ Gallery Face to Face, Kichijoji, Tokyo
THE 2nd “WHAT IS DRAWING” EXHIBITION/ Galerie Simon, Ginza, Tokyo

2010 +PLUS Tokyo Contemporary Art Fair/ Tbi Art Forum, Tokyo
FLOWERS/ Gallery Satoru, Kichijoji, Tokyo
Six Faces Show/ Gallery Face to Face, Kichijoji, Tokyo
Art Kite Show, Gallery of Shizuoka University of Art and Culture, Hamamatsu and Chandler Fine Art,
San Francisco, CA

2009  Face, Face, Face Exhibition/ Shonandai MY Gallery, Roppongi, Tokyo
kun Start/ Borzano, Italy

Awards
2007 5th Contemporary Art Society of Japan (Examiner Special Prize)
2002 11th Memorial Exhibition of Aoki (Excellent Prize)
2000 14th Fine Art Exhibition in Tama (Grand Prix)
1998 3rd Contest for the Best Contemporary Art Work ’99 (Gallery Prize)
1997 1997 ABC Art Contest (Excellent Prize)
2nd Syowa Shell Contemporary Art Contest (Encouragement Prize)
1990 16th Exposition : France-Japan (Nihon TV Encouragement Prize)

Public Collections

Municipal Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan