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Taro Hattori: Dragging the Right Chord

Artist Statement

“Dragging the Right Chord” is a functioning harpsichord made of corrugated cardboard and installed on a bicycle trailer. I have been thinking about how singing allows us survive through a difficult time. When our egocentric desire hypertrophies and suppressed our sense of beauty into a piece of dust, wisdom from the past once forgotten starts emerging close to our everyday life and gradually balances our life before its fall. I want to pedal with this chimera of old wisdom and contemporary consumeristic material and visit you to find a piece of hope which lets us survive through this difficult time.

Artist Bio

Taro Hattori is an installation artist and teaches at California College of the Arts, originally from Tokyo, Japan and currently lives in Richmond, CA. Hattori has been showing his work nationally and internationally. He has been awarded residency from Art Omi, New York; Headlands Center for the Arts; Vermont Studio Center, Can Serrat, Barcelona; Millay Colony for the Arts, New York; McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte; Kuandu Museum of Fine Art, Taiwan; Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Taipei Artist Village and Kala Art Institute. He also has received grants or awards from the Zellerbach Foundation, California Humanities, California Arts Council, West Collection, Center for Cultural Innovation, The Nomura Cultural Foundation. His work has been represented by Swarm Gallery (Oakland), West Collection (Philadelphia), Black Square Gallery (Miami) and Peter Miller Gallery (Chicago).