The House in Ascension_A

Keiichi Tanaami

Location: B207 chi K11 art space Entrance
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1986
Wood, lacquer
86.5 × 45.5 × 14cm

While Keiichi Tanaami’s childhood memory of playing with wooden building blocks led to his fascination with experimenting with the material wood, his life experiences in the early 1980s inspired the themes and motifs that have since recurred in his work.

Chinese and Japanese gardens were concerned with modelling nature, and he eventually developed an interest in representing the vast cosmos within the context of a condensed nature. In 1981, Tanaami was hospitalised for illness, hovering between life and death. The pine trees that frequently appear in his sculptures originate from the hallucinations that he experienced as a result of medication. As he recovered, he started to address life and death in his work. The House in Ascension_A, characterised by its twisted pine-tree form, is a perfect example that demonstrates the influences of the artist’s memories and experiences on his formal and aesthetic choices.

1986
Wood, lacquer
86.5 × 45.5 × 14cm

While Keiichi Tanaami’s childhood memory of playing with wooden building blocks led to his fascination with experimenting with the material wood, his life experiences in the early 1980s inspired the themes and motifs in his work.

Chinese and Japanese gardens were concerned with modelling nature, and he eventually developed an interest in representing the universe within a condensed nature. In 1981, Tanaami was hospitalised for illness. The pine trees that usually appear in his sculptures originate from the hallucinations that he experienced as a result of medication. As he recovered, he started to address life and death in his work. The House in Ascension_A, characterised by its twisted pine-tree form, is a perfect example to see the influences of the artist’s memories and experiences on his works.

Keiichi Tanaami

Keiichi Tanaami was born in Tokyo in 1936. He lives and works in Tokyo. Tanaami graduated from Musashino Art University, Tokyo. He has been active in the fields of graphic design, illustration, film, and fine art since the 1960s, never heeding the boundaries of mediums or genres but instead continuing to aggressively traverse them through his unique practice. Tanaami is known for his highly fantastical works that blend his dreams, memories, hallucinations, and childhood experiences with pop culture iconography.

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Location: B207 chi K11 art space Entrance