Friday, March 03, 2006

Hideo Takeda

My friend Troy, turned me on to his work, simply amazing!
Takeda's Website

All images © copyright 2006 Hideo Takeda. All rights reserved.
Published here for scholarly review.


manucha said...

I don't think I can offer any scholarly review, just my simple ghetto response. . .that's funk'n beautifully, bizarrly unbelievable.

manucha said...

oh! and by the way, love that ass Alberto!

Scott Tolleson said...

These are amazing pieces. They have a 70's feel about them but with a bizarre twist.

John Beatty said...

I've got a book of this guy's stuff from the 80's...I'll see if I can find it.

Amazing design work.

John Beatty said... luck in finding his book...

Altho I did find my 3 nice VARGA books while looking that I thot I had lost!

Whew...I need to get out to the garage more often.

If I find the Takeda book...I'll let you know.

Rebekit said...

hmmm not sure how I feel bout the first illo

Anonymous said...

That first one is fantastic. There is really nothing funnier or insighfull than a little girl giving a blow job to a man while he is spanking her. Fantastic. You have great taste! Keep up the good work. Way to go. Right on. You can do no wrong. We love you. Anything you do or say is absolutly the best. Ever.

P.S. Keep on keepin' on.

FrogDaddy said...

why does that top one make me laugh so
much? is there something wrong with me?
his work has a super "double-take" effect...
i think any artist would kill for that- kind
of response-
"wait...look closer."

Oscar Grillo said...

Kipling said that there are more shades in the human soul than in an autumnal forest

Process Junkie said...

Rico: When you take something out of context is always going to be misinterpreted, that first image is part of a series of drawings called '100 Professions" Takeda's personal view on these occupations, yes, it may be too strong for you, but it is a very valid (and in most cultures, including the US) an accurate observation and indictment of society. I don't blame you for reacting that way, but you're still a narrow-minded and ignorant person, the personal attacks coming from you mean nothing to me because you're a nothing. Go back to being anonymous, no one pays any attention to what you have to say anyway. Oh, and one more thing, don't fucking call me 'Alby', you condescending piece of shit!

Next time you want to cast judgment on something your misinformed brain can't grasp, remember this:

No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything.

"The highest as the lowest form of criticism is a mode of autobiography. Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming.

This is a fault.

Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope.

They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only beauty.

The moral life of man forms part of the subject-matter of the artist, but the morality of art consists in the perfect use of an imperfect medium. No artist desires to prove anything. Even things that are true can be proved.

No artist has ethical sympathies.

An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style.

Thought and language are to the artist instruments of an art.

Vice and virtue are to the artist materials for an art.

All art is at once surface and symbol.

Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.

Those who read the symbol do so at their peril.

It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.

Process Junkie said...

By the way, the title of that 'offensive' drawing is: "Teacher"

jumpman said...

I must have missed something...

Rico praised the first drawing (with comments that kind of scare me), while Rebekit said she wasn't sure how she felt about it (to which I must concur).

I'm not sure where the offence was made, though I definitely understand not wanting to be called 'Alby'!!! :)

Takeda's work is, for me, a lot like the movie Seven. While I didn't personally like the subject matter, or the visions presented, I could recognise the brilliance of the work.

'Art' (in its largest definition) will always walk a number of lines as it attempts to reflect, question, challenge, respond, divulge and express the external world, and the internal world of the artist.

Society requires boundaries in order for it to function; but those boundaries should never become means unto themselves.

Your blog, like my perception of you, Alberto, continues to broaden and challenge the minds and perceptions of all who wander by here.

And for that, you will always have my thanks!!!! :)

As always, too, your recent Scribblettes are fantastic. Can't wait until my book arrives!!

Process Junkie said...

Nah! Rico is not praising anything, he/she is just being a dick, if you read carefully you'll realize that his problem is with me, personally, not with Takeda's work. Fuck him and the horse he came riding on in.

He think he's being clever with the sarcastic put-down, I've heard worse, too bad he didn't use foul language otherwise I would have told him to go fuck himself.

People still don't get it, the artist does not owe anybody anything, it's about self-expression, that is and individual formulating an opinion, and tossing it out there, which may or may not be an absolute truth, not every single piece of art tells a story or sends a message, the art maybe an statement or a social commentary as I believe this "Teacher" drawing is (at least that's the way I perceive it, I don't really know the intentions of the artist, only he knows) I can just sit and contemplate the art and draw my own conclusions, I think the drawing portrays a teacher violating a young student, a lot of people are very sensitive and can't get past the initial impression of the brutal depiction and the extreme sexual nature of the work, a pedophile might get a hard on, a parent of young children (that would be me) might get sick, scared and disgusted, which I did, and some other folks might get offended for no other reason than someone drawing something this shocking, but at the end it's just an opinion, a point of view and it's offered as such. Once you get past the initial jolt of the strong imagery you either embrace the opinion, generate your own or disagree, that's all. I believe the drawing represents a very common problem in any society, that is the abuse of power, I think it forces us to examine this problem further, but that's just me, Rico has his own agenda.

St John Street said...

always great work and ref here hope all is good bro take care!!!!!!

nickbaltagi said...

I think the first image is an interesting/strong one. I guess my reaction and first thought was the whole abuse of power thing. He looks pissed and doesn't have a care in the world about no one but himself. Atleast that's my opinion and it's not an image for everyone to view, especially those who can't appreciate it for what it is, Art!!! Thanks Alberto for the scribblets, that last one was badass!!I sent you an e-mail, I don't know if you have been swamped or not, but it was regarding the sketchbooks. Let me know if you got it or not. Take care.

Process Junkie said...

Thank you John, thank you Nick, btw, I haven't received your email yet.

rajesh said...

meaning is for critics to argue about.

I just want enjoy what I'm looking at. His work does that.

Interesting colors, lines, shapes, and all that.

And the subject matter is twisted to boot. What more can one ask for? For it to be drawn with dog crap?

REE said...

WHOA! These are illlll! MAN, where do you find this stuff??

hey, thanks for the kudos, btw.

~ back to the pencil.

jumpman said...

'Meaning is for critics to argue about'. An interesting position, Rajesh...

I would argue that art, by its very nature, cannot be without meaning. It's a conversation; a call and response. It says something and invites a reply, even if only from the person who created it. This blog is proof of that...

Unless, of course, by your definition we're all critics. (Something I would agree with.) But I'm guessing by the way you made the statement, that's not a position you'd personally hold.

Which opens up another question... why do we come here? Why do we post? Why do we wish to expose ourselves to Alberto's amazing annal of art. What *are* we looking for?

Again, just questions...


UrbanBarbarian said...

Hey Alberto... I saw your latest Scribbets post. Y'know, you can stop drawing now. I think you're done, actually. Just stop.

Anonymous said...

Jumpman - what about doodles? :)

sometimes people just put pencil down to paper for the fun of it.

I'm sure there is meaning to that doodle as well.

But, as I said earlier, it's for critics to argue over what that meaning is.

Critics who do, I think, are people who don't "get" it. They focus on meaning because they are unable to appreciate the final result: lines and color on paper.

100+ years from now, the only thing that really matters is does one like looking at it?

Everything else is secondary...imho.


jumpman said...

Doodles...? Talk about art with meaning!!! Ever watched someone doodle, or seen the doodle of someone who just had a bad phone call? :)

Not to get into a big mumbo-jumbo--mostly because sometimes it's so nice just to look at art and drift away--but the very point you raise is precisely what I'm talking about:

When you look at a piece, how do you feel? Do you like looking at it? And more importantly--unstated, but very much an intrinsic part of these two questions is--why? Feeling is meaning. You can't just see a piece of art, and say, 'That's really nice to look at' without there being a reason or a 'because'. You don't love someone just 'because' or think someone is a bit of a hottie without reason.

Reason and meaning are always there. It's just whether or not we choose to think about it.

And, sometimes, it's nice not to think about it. I'm just not entirely sure Takeda is in that category!!! ;)

Tony Austin said...

Use a pen, go to jail. Did you know that the first drawing would land our friend in jail if he lived in the United States per the 2003 Child Protection act. If you don't beleive me look it up. Here is a snippet:

§ 1466A. Obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse
of children
‘‘(a) IN GENERAL.—Any person who, in a circumstance described
in subsection (d), knowingly produces, distributes, receives, or possesses
with intent to distribute, a visual depiction of any kind,
including a drawing, cartoon, sculpture, or painting, that—
‘‘(1)(A) depicts a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct;
‘‘(B) is obscene; or
‘‘(2)(A) depicts an image that is, or appears to be, of a
minor engaging in graphic bestiality, sadistic or masochistic
abuse, or sexual intercourse, including genital-genital, oralgenital,
anal-genital, or oral-anal, whether between persons
of the same or opposite sex; and
‘‘(B) lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific
value; or attempts or conspires to do so, shall be subject to the penalties provided in section 2252A(b)(1),including the penalties provided for cases involving a prior conviction.

Tony Austin said...

Though I find first illo not my cup of tea, it worries me that our government will throw artists in jail. Does this make "Ranx" or "RanXerox" which ran in Heavy Metal magazine is an obscene form of art? I don't think so but what if the government does? Chilling effect on those that draw nudes. All us artists out there, please put disclaimers under your artwork that says your lines or painted images are 18 years of age.

Process Junkie said...

Thanks for the heads up but I'm not putting any disclaimers on my blog, if the goverment shuts this blog down, so be it. I wouldn't be surprised if I get a notice from the feds tho, you'll know the minute the "This page can not be found" message comes up on your screen.

I'm not into child pornography but there's a lot of haters and ignorant republicans out there who want to tell you what to do, fuck them all!

Tony Austin said...

Damn straight! I agree. I was being sarcastic about the disclaimers. The fact that a line or a brush stroke would need a clarification or a disclaimer is so fascist and yet it is actually happening.

Process Junkie said...

Tony, you're correct, I agree wholeheartedly, it seems to me that the objective of this government is to go back to Victorian times; we;re going backwards, so sad!

btw, I thought Ranxerox was fun, again, not a big fan of SM stuff but I thought it was well drawn, I still have those issues, in which, ironically some of the panels had been poorly "drawn-over" to cover the offending bits. The Bush regime would have had a fit with Ranx.

Anonymous said...

Have you seen any of Takeda's T-Shirts? They are available in the US at