Taro  Yakumo

Japan

Taro Yakumo grew up in a background surrounded by art, he began painting in oil and other media at an early age.
He is an autodidact, and experienced the changing art scene in Japan and abroad by visiting art fairs in various countries, studying abroad in Korea, and creating his artwork in the U.S.


He expresses himself with a new concept by incorporating motifs of things that symbolize the contemporary society we are living in right now into his works.

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FEATURED WORKS

 


 

#hashtag

 

A series of "#hashtag" consisting of hashtags, icons, used in social networking services that have become commonplace in today's society. Words are vivid and ever-changing. At the time of production, hashtags that are trending at the moment were sampled to express the realistic and speedy contemporary society that disappears in an instant and is constantly changing.

The work contains elements of popular and trendy, mass-produced, mass-consumed, and symbolic society, virtual imagery, ephemerality, repetition, sampling, and non-introspection, all of which have a Pop Art context.
I wonder if the trends, social networking sites, and hashtags that are popular now will exist forever, or even contemporary art.

 

The Dollar

 

In today's society, even currency has become unreal. We live in an age where even virtual currencies, NFTs, currency exchange, and stock transactions are completed electronically, instead of using stock certificates.
Art is very similar in its function of attaching value to things that have no substance, holding value without function, and exchanging that value through transactions.
The repetition of the background expresses the composition of a mass consumption society. It is just like the repetition of the same products on the supermarket shelves.

 

In today's dollar-dominated world, this work asks whether there really is such a thing.

 

 

EXHIBITION RECORD

 


Solo Exhibition


2022 | Zen ~Beyond the Pop~
between the art gallery , Tokyo

 

2021 | Art Sampling Pop Tower

World Times Gallery , Japan

 

2019 | The World of Taro Yakumo

Karuizawa New Art Museum , Japan

 

Group Exhibition


2022 |MELTING POT

Barneys New York Roppongi Store , Tokyo

 

2022 | Black&White

TRiCERA MUSEUM , Tokyo

 

2021 | Shinwa Auction

Tokyo


2018 | PARTY PARTY

WhiteStoneGallery , Tokyo


2015 | Asian Union

ARPNY STUDIO , New York

 

Art Fair


2022 | BAMA Busan Art Fair

Busan

 

2018 | KIAF Art Seoul “Korea International Art Fair 2018

Seoul

 

2016 | Aqua Art Miami

Miami

 

2016 | Daegu Art Fair

Korea

 

2016 | Affordable Art Fair Singapore

Singapore

 

2016 |  Asia Contemporary Art Show Hong Kong

Hong Kong

 

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