Owen Takabayashi is the son of Hawaiian-born Japanese Americans, and grew up in California. Takabayashi’s work is contingent on the found object; investing new meaning in the quotidian and the mundane. The readymade object, and particularly the abandoned and discarded, play a crucial role in driving his conceptual practice. By critically examining aspects of materiality and its role in American culture through a process of reappropriation, his work seeks to locate ideas of value in society. Acting through a rich California artistic tradition of progression and free thinking, Takabayashi seeks to open up critical discourse through the methods of his practice.
B.F.A. 2007, San Francisco Art Institute. S.F. Ca. U.S.A.
2011: “Exile and the Kingdom Also” Ever Gold Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.(Solo Show)
2010 “Or Oblivion” Ever Gold Gallery, San Francisco, Ca. (Solo Show)
2009 “Wonderland” San Francisco, Ca.
2009 “Utopia and the Two Dollar Bill” Ever Gold Gallery, San Francisco, Ca. (Solo Show)
2008 “Optic Illusions” Southern Exposure, San Francisco, Ca.
2008 “Eighth Annual Monster Drawing Rally” Southern Exposure, San Francisco, Ca.
2007 “Grounded-Juried Annual” Intersection for the Arts/Southern Exposure, San Francisco, Ca.
2007 “Accumulations” Live Worms Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.