A self-described b-boy, Japanese sculptor Taku Obata creates colorful wooden sculptures that pay homage to breakdancing and hip-hop culture. In his latest body of work, dancers clad in neon sweat suits assume exaggerated stances that evoke the athleticism and freedom of expression break dancing celebrates. Elonaged hats, glasses, and folds in the characters’ clothing convey a sense of movement, as if we’re seeing the forms captured in a long-exposure photograph. For these works, Obata uses traditional Japanese carving techniques, invoking his heritage through the way he approaches his contemporary subject matter.
Photos courtesy of Jonathan LeVine Gallery.