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Hideki Takahashi

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"In my artwork, there are no permanent images. Although you may find similar imagery or materials in use, every project is completely unique different from the rest. It’s just like water, in the sense that you can use it in many ways: Consumption, Bathing, Spiritual, Sexual, Energy, etc.

Anything can be used as the medium to express an idea, concept, or work of art. For example, you could use plastic fork for lunch, but you could also use a steel fork. On the most basic level, what’s the difference? They are both forks?"

- Hideki Takahashi 


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Studio Visit

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"There is always a subjective reason when you choose to use imagery & medium. I call this the key. The key could be found in everything and anywhere. It could be any number of things that can influence our perception and needs. Abstract and reality: My personal feeling of the day, size of my jeans, material of my fancy jacket, color of the sky, form of clouds, my favorite OSLO coffee, amount of salad, why I need to eat, what I’m doing now? something I trust, or smell of foot, huge Thanksgiving turkey, earthquake in Japan, my pet cat…etc

I am interested in the diversity and timelines of everything. For instance, I like when I know something is going to be worn out. It reminds me that nothing stands still. Every moment something is changing. Clothes slowly get worn out, food left out over night ripened, people get older, buildings systematically crumble and fall apart. Or it’s raining now but not tomorrow, she is in a bad mood but not tomorrow. Even though we may not see a change in something, to another it is transforming. Diversity of imagery and medium creates the key and in turn is changed by perception, time, and experience."

- Hideki Takahashi

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About Hideki

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  • Born: Tokyo, Japan
  • Lives: Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Recent Exhibitions

  • Unidentified completeness, Exhibition at International DENIM fair/Kingpins Show New York, November, 2017
  • Private view exhibition at a house riverside West Harlem NYC, October 1 – December 31, 2017
  • Works of 2013-2015, COCO-MAT SOHO NYC, 2017
  • “WHAT IS THE REST” COCO-MAT Lexington Av NYC, 2017
  • A Mess of Identification, Benefit Auction by RHMF, Lyles & King Lower East Side NYC, 2017
  • Identify outfit April 2016, Envoy Enterprises, Lower East Side NYC, 2016
  • Group Show, Nahcotta, Portsmouth NH, USA 2016
  • Benefit Auction by RHMF, CARA GALLERY, 24st st Chelsea NYC, 2016

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Artist Hideki Takahashi draws from his past experience in architecture to develop large-scale installations and paintings. A native of Tokyo, Japan, Takahashi was inspired by the city’s vibrant fashion scene and ultimately decided to use denim as the central medium in his work. Using 180-foot-long rolls of vintage Japanese denim, Takahashi graces his canvas with freehand strokes to create remarkable illustrations that pay homage to the spirited style culture that first inspired him.