April 10- May 13, 2012
In an interactive installation created exclusively for University Galleries, Takeshi Moro has constructed a site of performance and action where persons become directly involved with his art. Using a combination of pedestals and photographs, Moro asks viewers to question whether these objects are art, props, cultural artifacts, or a series of stages for performance. Ultimately, the body is at the center of Moro's work; how meaning is conveyed through bodily gesture is left for participants to consider. Moro worked with a number of community members, including students at Blue Ridge Community High School in Farmer City, to create his installation.
Takeshi Moro was born in Tokyo, Japan and currently lives and works in Chicago and Columbus. Moro completed his M.F.A. in at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2008). He studied photography at Rhode Island School of Design and holds a B.A. in Visual Arts from Brown University (2001). Moro's solo exhibitions include: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Arteles Gallery, Haukijarvi, Finland; and Incheon Art Platform, Incheon, South Korea. His work has been included in recent exhibitions at: Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida; Rajaportin Sauna Gallery, Tampere, Finland; Azimuth Projects, Chicago; and Dayton Visual Arts Center, Ohio. Moro's work resides in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, as well as in various private collections.