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Floating Joy: Takao Tanabe Banners at the Humanities Centre, University of Alberta


Humanities. 3rd floor in Canada

My child-self watched the world with intensity.   I remember walking through the Humanities Centre at the University of Alberta, where my father had an office in the English Department. This was a landscape, like outside, there of its own accord.  It was a surprise to realize that someone designed this space, built it, inhabited it.  There are banners hanging from the ceiling.  I remember the colors and how they floated in that middle space, the airy core of the building.

Takao Tanabe banners
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Takao Tanabe banners at the Humanities Centre, University of Alberta. Photo via Miss Sarah of Girls and Bicycles.

These banners were created by Takao Tanabe, a Canadian artist.  Printed on nylon, they glow in the light.  I didn’t know an artist created this part of my landscape.  Born in 1926, Tanabe started as an abstract expressionist painter, and eventually moved into semi-abstract landscapes.  His banners were along the way, from the later 60’s/early 70’s, with drafting tool angles, gradated colors, and of course orange.

For more of Takao Tanabe’s work, check out my Orange Tuesdays Pinterest Board

 

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