in 1967 in Nagoya, Japan, Itagaki attended Tama Art University
in Tokyo, where he studied art and design. In 1995 he received
a Master of Art in studio art from New York University. He
also attended the International Center of Photography in New
York. During the past two years, he has focused his lens on
tourists photographing themselves at popular sightseeing spots.
Statement - Japan as Yours
these images, I intend to reflect present-day Japanese
society as a multicultural technological society built
on ancient traditions, but traditions that have been
influenced by many others.
up in Japan, old Zen gardens and wood-block prints such
as those of Hiroshige and Hokusai represented Japanese
tradition for me. Using these images as backgrounds,
I superimposed some computer-made 3D images and cartoon
figures. While these works appear strictly "Japanese,"
ironically, they also include references to other cultures.
For example, Zen gardens have been greatly influenced
by Indian and Chinese traditions, and Hokusai adopted
Renaissance perspective techniques in his work. Also,
Japanese cartoons imitated an American style in their
early days. So, what appears to be traditionally Japanese
is in fact a reflection of Japan's multicultural aesthetic.
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