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

    Fuyuhiko Takata

    Kodama Gallery

    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

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