Paul Loya Gallery is pleased to exhibit “XINLA BANSHO: FOREST OF EXPONENTIALS,” curated by LA based artist Kio Griffith. This group exhibition includes current work from Japanese and L.A. expats mirroring Griffith’s success in curating an exhibition of artists from Los Angeles into the 2014 Yokohama Triennale satellite programming. In this exchange exhibition he brings the work of contemporary artists from Japan to L.A. for the month of June. The exhibition will open on Saturday, June 20th, 2015 and will run through July 9th, 2015, with an opening reception on June 20th from 6pm until 9pm.
This is the second part of the mini-festival of artists (exhibitions organized by Griffith at Arena 1 Gal- lery in Santa Monica which opens June 13th and at Eastside International at the Brewery will follow later in the month) and includes active artists at various levels of their careers from recent graduates of Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai) to emerging and mid-career artists in the museum and biennial circuits will present painting, drawing, print, sculpture, installation, photography, collage and new media.
The title of the show is an idiomatic expression derived from Buddhist literature, reverberations of beauty and aesthetics both in historical and contemporary context of the Japanese social experience. What transpires is the intuitive sense that observes art’s place in nature: its appearance, meaning and value set in contemporary world affairs in which the unseeable is viewed from a third eye, the inaudible is imagined through living colors, and the unspeakable can be understood through telepathic means.
Chihiro Minato’s photographs deal with communication and time with inconsistent dimension and placement: relationships, sequences, suggestiveness of scenes of a certain historical context. Minako Kumagai’s seemingly antiquated earthenware are shockingly light weight, graphite laden pulp sculptures. Shinnosuke Murakami’s installation employs everyday matters into a new mathematical scaffolding of mind bending philosophy. Miyuki Yokomizo’s methodical pluckings of threaded paint are decisive instances in compositional theory. Shingo Francis’ vast colors capes draw the mind into the void while trailing peripheral information of counterpointed hues. Macha Suzuki’s overturned San Gabriel mountain range become vessels for peering into the abyss. Completing other areas with their perceptions of the forest are Kio Griffith’s EP record manifestos, Nao Masuda’s intricate etchings, Naohiko Onodera’s bronze armaments, Mineko Grimmer’s sound sculpture and Kaori Tazoe’s video referenced drawings on leather. The exhibition will also feature Paul Loya Gallery artists Felipe Merida, Cheryl Humphreys and William Binnie.
Griffith approaches his curatorial effort with the appreciation that “if every moment is a first hand ex- perience and a unique meeting made in the spirit of ichigo-ichie, (literally “one time, one meeting”), this concept of transience could be contemplated as a singular decisive event materializing for the guest’s perusal.”
This is Kio Griffith’s first curatorial exhibition with Paul Loya Gallery
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