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."
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 in 2007. He has worked for more than ten years as a graphic designer and an illustrator in Japan and now teaches at Stony Brook University as a lecturer, and Suffolk County Community College as an adjunct instructor. He has received several honors, such as The Sculpture Space Fellowship and Residency (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 most recently the Nomura Cultural Foundation's Project Grant, Asahi Shimbun Foundation Project Grant, and the Vermont Studio Center's Partial-Grant and Residency. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally. More recent exhibitions include Sunroom Project Glynder Gallery, Wave Hill, NY, ISE Cultural Foundation in Soho, NY, and AC Institute in Chelsea, NY. Forthcoming solo exhibitions are schedule at The Gallery in Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY. Ide's light and sound sculpture "threshold," was created at Sculpture Space in 2007, and has been lent from April 2008 to May 2011 in the Arts Across Campus program in Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY. His current project at AC Institute (12/16/2010-1/22/2011) is supported in part with funds from the Asahi Shimbun Foundation in Japan and the Strategic Stipend (SOS) Program through the New York Foundation for the Arts, administered on Long Island by the East End Arts Council.