Takashi Shallow

High Quality Multi-Orientation
High Quality Multi-Orientation

Takashi Shallow aspires towards hybridity in medium and in identity. He wishes to blur polarities and create new orientations through art. By compositing multiple cultural and object forms, he aims to generate uncharted comportments.

Training in fashion design, electronic music, and visual art informs Shallow’s work. His favorite theorists include Edward Said and Okwui Enwezor. He intends to build on their cosmopolitan discourses through interdisciplinary installations. He looks up to artists Tania Bruguera, Carsten Nicolai, and the Gutai group. Like them, Shallow desires to synthesize arrangements that confront medium specificity. His installations include textiles that challenge teleology by using materials like rug anchors to make clothing and by projecting onto furnishings like carpets and jackets. Sound plays an integral role in a number of his works, often abstracting popular media beyond recognition. His use of both physical and sonic objects frequently reference immigrant experiences.

Shallow completed a BA in Fashion Design at Dominican University then an MFA at the University of Chicago where his experience as a teaching assistant for Theaster Gates inspired a new trajectory for his material gathering process. Shallow’s tenure working as a tailor and his experience coaching acrobatics also inform his practice. He teaches art and music at Purdue Northwest University and is a board member of the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society. Dazed Digital includes Shallow in the article “10 of the best Chicago artists right now” and The Arts Club of Chicago has named him a Visual Arts Fellow.

Magritte's Ashtray
Magritte’s Ashtray


View Takashi’s portfolio here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1TzX5R4CrjL2keJ3JKpYwLnv3qCXpWmwI

Contact Takashi at: gesamtchicago at gmail dot com

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