Friday, March 06, 2009

Tomokazu Matsuyama at Joshua Liner Tonight

Artist: Tomokazu Matsuyama
Gallery: Joshua Liner Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, March 6, 2009 from 6 - 9 pm
Exhibition Dates:
Address: 548 West 28th Street , 3rd Floor

"Born in Japan and later immigrating to the United States,Matsuyama’s bicultural upbringing figures prominently in his style and subject matter.The mythical, shape-shifting Kirin appears often; the creature is updated with a bouncy, kaleidoscopic abstractness, creating a pictorial dimension where ancient tales and contemporary visual design can intermingle.Appropriating fromWestern modern art history, as well as Japanese art from the Edo and Meiji eras, the artist mixes traditional icons and imagery onto a broader international canvas, including elements of Superflat, digital design, contemporary collage, and other current trends and practices.The intention, says Matsuyama, is “to blend what are considered Eastern andWestern aesthetics into one that resists categorizationand cultural belonging.My work is equally pending between worlds that are not completely blended but instead still a patchwork of controlled chaos trying to evolve into something close to cosmopolitanism.”"

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