1991 / Hyogo, Japan /Steel / 200cmx420cmx180cm
Takahiro likes simple expressions. Simple could be very complicated sometimes. He thinks common senses are not always true. If you doubt something, everything could not be absolute in this world.
Takahiro took the idea of this installation from the proverb "it is no use crying over spilt milk". This is one of his favorite proverbs. It has been giving positive thinking to him when he faces difficulty. In this period Takahiro tried many kinds of techniques he had acquired from part-time jobs.
Takahiro made a stuffy dark room in the gallery. When people entered the room they couldn't see anything and few minutes later their eyes would get used to the darkness. The photo above was taken with extra lights to show details. The impression of the dark room was hopeless, but there was a crack in the ceiling which people could feel blue sky over.
Seed for Moon
1993 / Soil, Light, Steel, Plastic / 110cmx200cmx75cm
Miraijin - Future Being
2011 / Nishinomiya Hankyu Department Store,
in Nishinomiya Gardens, Hyogo, Japan
The title of this work is "Future Being IKIRO". Takahiro made them with Honda Plastic Art Company in Osaka. If you stand on the table and take hands of them, the table will turn around and lights will come on
Takahiro was much inspired by Joseph Beuys. There was an opportunity to put his artwork in Beuys's exhibition in Tokyo, and Takahiro was chosen as a one of the artists who applied. He put the metal box in the space and tried sleeping for 8 hours a day for one week. He wanted to use his body unconsciously in his work. Rudolf Steiner inspired Joseph Beuys. In the book Takahiro read Rudolf Steiner said when a human being slept it would be similar to a plant.
Takahiro wanted to have a distance from art and Tokyo to reconsider his life. He took a trip to India. In the holy town Pushkar, he performed with balloons on his head. He painted himself white and wore a white costume and hung around the town. Indians were interested in his look and took him from place to place. At the end Takahiro was painted with Indian traditional color powder, and he danced in front of an audience with Indian music. This experience gave Takahiro a new way to enjoy his life. He got positive energy in India and it would help him to go to the next step of art.
Takahiro put his head into a refrigerator in the gallery. It stands for the bighead of human beings. We sometimes need to cool down to reflect on ourselves quietly.
In this time Takahiro had already moved to New York from Tokyo to distance himself from art in Japan. So this exhibition was like a last spark of his Tokyo period for him. In this exhibition the installations were changed everyday for 2 weeks, and Takahiro was somewhere as a part of his installation each day.
The title of this work is "Reincarnation". Takahiro wanted to express life has both a deep aspect and an easygoing aspect. There was a basketball painted in Japanese lacquer on the floor and the writings of IKIRO covered all over the room. There was American pop music playing in the room. The work had a balance of a serious side and a funny side.
This exhibition was organized by a city government office, against the unlawful dumping of garbage. Takahiro made statues of apes and installed them with plastic bags along the river. He stood in the position like the above photo, and sometimes the audience stood instead of him to get a photo taken. The material of the statues was the garbage he collected.
Polaris Entrance Station 「北極星入口駅」
2013 - Permanent Work
Mt. Myouken Nose Kawanishi Hyogo, Japan
This art work is made for "Nose Electric Railroad Company 100 Anniversary Project".
Takahiro and Nose Electric Railroad Company will make a station called Polaris Entrance Station / Hokkyokusei Iriguchi Eki on Myouken Mount .
This railway will connect Myouken Mount and Polaris like a galaxy railway.
The origin of the word Myoken comes from Polaris or the Big Dipper.
This work will be a permanent work.
<Hatutani Valley Rest Area Project>
~Where did we come from and where are we going?~
2013 - Permanent Work / Osaka, Japan
This space was born for that people feel the history of this star and imagine of the future the murmur of a stream in the forest. You can sit on each art piece as a bench.
Leave traces of "human existence" “Footprint”in this world where various things keep changing with the times.
"Egg and Tusk"
There is a history that various things were born, flourished and declined on the earth. "Egg" & ”Tusk" express the symbols of repeating “Life" & “Death".
Project: Yoshikawa Self-Governing Association
Artist: Takahiro Suzuki
Toyono-cho Osaka prefecture
Ikeda civil engineering office
Nose Railway Company
Takayuki Tomoi (Art Line 2017 Art Producer)
And his colleagues, and volunteers who agree with this project
Management · Administration:
Yoshikawa Self-Governing Association (Green Area Organization)
This project is supported by the Osaka Museum Fund.
Location: Hatsutani River (Mt.Myoken Hiking Hatsutanigawa Course)
Access: 30 - 40 minutes on foot from Noseden Myukenguchi Station. There is a flyer at the tourist information center in front of the station,Yoshikawa Self-Governing Association.