Takafumi Ide is an interdisciplinary media artist specializing in installation with sound and light. He received his B.A. in graphic design from Tama Art University in Tokyo in 1989, and his M.F.A. in studio art from Stony Brook University, NY in 2007. He has worked for more than ten years as a graphic designer and an illustrator in Japan and now works as an Instructional Support Technician in the Art Department at Stony Brook University.
He has received several honors, such as the Sculpture Space Fellowship and Residency (partially funded by both the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts), the Strategic Opportunity Stipend Program Grant through the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center’s partial-grant and Residency, and for the project grants from the Nomura Cultural Foundation, ISE Cultural Foundation, Asahi Shimbun Foundation, SBU FAHSS Grant, and NYU ITP Camp Fellowship. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally, but mostly in non-profit organization galleries in NYC area; Sunroom Project Glynder Gallery, Wave Hill, NY, ISE Cultural Foundation in Soho, NY, and AC Institute in Chelsea, NY, and the Gallery at Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY. Ide was invited to exhibit in Tallinn IV Drawing Triennial 2012 and received “honorable mentioned”. His photo-collage work was included the Long Island Biennial 2014 at The Heckscher Museum of Art, NY.
Ide’s light and sound sculpture “threshold,” was created at Sculpture Space in 2007, and was lent from April 2008 to May 2011 in the Arts Across Campus program in Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY. From 2011, “threshold” has been lent until 2021 in the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Cazenovia, NY. Most recently his sound interactive sculpture, “debacle, 2015” has been exhibited in the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival 2016. Ide has been invited to exhibit his new work in Nakanojo Biennale 2017, Gunma prefecture, Japan.
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Takafumi Ide’s installations focus on personal experiences. For each piece his process begins with choosing a single word to convey his current state. He then uses this “keyword” to develop his ideas both conceptually and visually. What is produced is often a full sensory experience, incorporating both audio and visual to produce a more layered psychological and physiological impact. The result holds, in his own words, “beauty, elegance, fragility and symmetry… collected memories.”