L.A. Open Space
Ruth Bachofner Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Yoichi Kawamura. There will be a reception for the artist Saturday, February 27, 5-7 PM.
Yoichi Kawamura’s first solo exhibition at the gallery brings together a series of photographs that depict Los Angeles-based landscapes from a fresh cultural and formal perspective. Scenes of the city are cropped to a thin slice at the bottom of the photograph, the rest of which is filled with an expanse of sky. The spaces Yoichi captures are all based on a keen observation of his surroundings. He offers an arena for contextual shift from urban sprawl to the equally infinite and far more mysterious and alluring spaces above us. Whether the thin line of landscape shows a placid ocean, a view towards a mountain, the familiar shelter of a gas station, or an unidentifiable element of the built environment, the prominent sky offers an alternative visual orientation .
While the photographs show a specific perspective of the artist’s environment, the work gently shifts between personal documentation and formal vision. As he harnesses the sky’s range of chromatic shifts and spatial wonders, the hint of human presence presents questions about our place within the spaces he chooses to show. “To me,” Kawamura states, “space is alive, and it holds everything. It is the same space that holds all life that has lived, in which we live now, and that holds all of the potential of the future.”