Conceived and discussed online between two artists who never met in person, “I Found You,” investigates the shift in identity and self perception occurring in the social networking age. Japanese artist Mayuko Fujino and American Jonny Coleman met online through an old web 2.0 account and have been making artwork together ever since.
Fujino grew up in Japan and recently moved to New York. For this project, her paper-cut and collage creations are focused on the screens, layers, and masks used to cloak, conceal, and re-frame our identities. Coleman will present densely layered mixed media works sourcing hundreds of piles of collected print material.
The exhibition will travel to Munich in the fall as a part of the international festival hosted by UAMO, the Urban Art and Media Organization. Los Angeles is one of nine cities featuring the work of local artists for UAMO’s City Tour & Festival 2011. (http://uamo.info)
“As we asked ourselves to consider the implications of being “Ultra Social,” we began talking about masks and windows, and the partial truths we habitually tell, whether online or off. We have and are constantly investigating the concept of refreshing and re-framing oneself, a consistent evolution of our self-maintained image, the virus of our words and imagery forever mutating.”