Oakland-based artist Taro Hattori's immersive installations deconstruct social systems that impose control. His current project at Pro Arts, commissioned as part of the 2 x 2 Solos program, addresses themes of confinement, labor and immigration through the construction of a series of walled structures and their subsequent dismantling by day laborers. The exhibition features structural remnants and video documentation of the performance. This project is a continuation of Hattori's ongoing investigation into contradictory ideas that have found an untenable equilibrium in society. By connecting psychological processes and materials, the artist presents a stage on which relationships and affiliations are readdressed.
Taro Hattori is a Japanese-born installation artist based in Oakland, CA. His work has been exhibited at numerous venues including Black Square Gallery in Miami; Swarm Gallery, Oakland; Contemporary Art Gallery in Opole, Poland; LMAN Gallery, Los Angeles; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; and Ssamzie Space, Seoul. He received his M.F.A in Time Arts/Video from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his BA in Clinical Psychology from Sophia University, Tokyo. He is currently teaching at Stanford University and California College of the Arts.
Post Brothers is a critical enterprise created by Matthew Post, an independent curator and writer currently working in San Francisco, California. Post has a Masters of Arts degree in Curatorial Practices from California College of the Arts (2009) in San Francisco and a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Emily Carr Institute (2006) in Vancouver, Canada.