Landscapes of Presence
My life as an artist has been committed to creating work that combines Eastern and Western attributes, giving rise to an unfamiliar wholeness. Western art is about the subject, the individual, and Newtonian fragmented reality, while Eastern art is more about context, the group, and wholeness. In the beginning of this series, I was interested in working with familiar and familial objects. I was seeing pattern on pattern as a way of expressing the background as subject—making subject and background inseparable and equal. Later in the series, I began to explore the feeling of wanting to be more connected to my family and its history—to bring old memories into the present and make them new; to give them renewed expression and life in the present.
Jerry Takigawa is an independent photographer, designer, and writer. He studied photography with Don Worth at San Francisco State University and earned a degree in art with an emphasis in painting. In 1982 he received the Imogen Cunningham Award, followed by the Clarence J. Laughlin Award in 2017 and CENTER’s Curator’s Choice Award in 2018.
Jerry is the founder and creative force behind the Center for Photographic Art’s PIE Labs. His work has been widely exhibited, and is held in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Crocker Art Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Monterey Museum of Art and the Library of Congress. Takigawa lives and works in Carmel Valley, California.