Kazuki Takamatsu "Spiral of Emotions" @ Corey Helford Gallery

June 04, 2014

On Saturday, June 21, 2014, CHG Circa will present Kazuki Takamatsu’s (featured in Juxtapoz Magazine, May, 2013) “Spiral of Emotions”, including 12 new pieces and giclee prints that will show for the first time in North America. Kazuki’s beautiful depth map paintings read like misty x-rays of anime fantasies. Always on a jet black background, these graphic spiritual essences leap off their surfaces, created in part with a 3D computer program, but painted by hand in a painstakingly detailed layering process. Each graduating spiral that emerges is perhaps a Shinto variant of Dante’s Inferno, the emotional age rings of Kazuki’s adolescent, ethereal figures. The abstract creative forces of nature are integral to Kazuki’s work. Kinetic energy rendered in gouache as hair, sound waves, and pools of water connect his compositions. In this way, Kazuki depicts the young people of Japanese society, who he believes is a generation lost in compliance with its elders.

“Each graduation from surface to depth represents distance where there is no light and shadow,” explains Kazuki. “Black and white are metaphors for good and evil, race and religion. I use CG (digital) and painting (analog) to make work in which technology and nature coexist.” The opening reception for Kazuki Takamatsu will be hosted Saturday, June 21, 2014, from 7-10pm at CHG Circa. The reception is open to the public, and the exhibition is on view through July 12, 2014.

Kazuki Takamatsu was born in Sendai, Miyagi in 1978. Influenced by media and subculture growing up, he attended the Department of Oil Painting at Tohoku University of Art & Design and graduated in 2001. Takamatsu’s haunting black and white imagery explores narratives of death and society, through a unique depth-mapping technique that he developed, in which classic mediums such as drawing, airbrush and gouache painting are combined with computer graphics. 

Kazuki Takamatsu "Spiral of Emotions"
Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City

June 21st - July 12th, 2014