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Fuyuhiko Takata, Ghost Painting, 2015, digital video, color, 2 minutes 44 seconds.

Fuyuhiko Takata

Kodama Gallery

Fuyuhiko Takata, Ghost Painting, 2015, digital video, color, 2 minutes 44 seconds.

Currently enrolled in the doctoral program in painting at Tokyo University of the Arts, Fuyuhiko Takata is among the most fascinating young artists to emerge in Japan in recent years. His works—mainly short, quasi-narrative videos—rely on colorful, handcrafted props, outré humor, and doses of scatology and sadism to upend normative gender roles and their social implications. For example, the early video Japan Erection, 2010, found the half-naked artist using a giant Japanese-archipelago-shaped phallus attached to his crotch to trash his cluttered room. Elsewhere he has appeared as the pop star Britney Spears (LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!, 2009), a uniformed schoolgirl (MANY CLASSIC MOMENTS, 2011), and a schoolboy who is pelted with turd-like balls of dirt (TSUYOI KO [A Strong Child], 2008). There is something sophomoric about these works, but they also exhibit an audaciousness

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