Robert Walker, Toyoko Katsumata, Matthew Thomas
LAArtcore is pleased to present a transcontinental group exhibition with artists, Robert Walker, Toyoko Katsumata and Matthew Thomas.
For over 30 years, the installations of renowned Japanese artist, Toyoko Katsumata have combined the disciplines of photography and sculpture into installations that investigate the relationships between the body and the natural and constructed environment. Katsumata's subject developed out of figure sculpture in the late-eighties, expanding to incorporate casts of body fragments, found objects such as gallons of water and temperature sensory gauges, and architectural elements opening up the subject of the body to the forces of civilization at play in shaping the condition of the body and the mind. Katsumata’s work has been shown extensively throughout Japan, the United States and Europe.
For over 40 years Southern Californian process artist, Robert Walker has produced works that build upon early-minimalist themes involving the body, order, chaos, chance, mass-production and artifice using a wide range of materials including plastics, wire, wax, and lacquers to form a diverse range of works whose nature consistently emphasizes unity between form and function. Walker's exploration of such diverse media and concept is articulately expressed in paintings where the artist employs stratified layers of paint shot out of a syringe onto the canvas. These highly textured networks of multicolored, coiled "cells" with their marked de-emphasis of visual hierarchy, attend to both their means and process of construction mirroring both natural and man-made systems of creation. Walker received his MFA from UC Irvine in 1971.
Southern-Californian artist Matthew Thomas began a profound journey into art at age 13 as he left his high school science major behind for visual art. Yet his connection to science is clear. Thomas' works' are imbued with a kind of lyrical alchemy - a refined mixture of abstract elements: line and shape lucidly brought out through encaustic wax, saturated pigments and gold leafing- an intuitive ordering that lay at the heart of the universe's workings. Thomas' works suggest an ancient time or culture through their rough, cracked surfaces as thought time has indeed passed on them, yet thrust this ungraspable past into the present. It is no coincidence that Thomas has been involved with meditation since 1970 as well as with the philosophical questions of his own time, which were effectively catalyzed in 1977 upon urging by a supporter, to confront his own identity African descent and his condition as a contemporary artist, in spiritual terms. What has resulted has been the development of an artist who has achieved great interaction and dialogue between his inner self and the outer world channeled by the abstract elements of his art.
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