Artcore at the Union Center for the Arts
120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
October 02 – 30, 2013
Opening Reception, Sunday, October 6, 3 – 5 pm
Conversation with the artist at 4 pm
Gallery hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm
The drawings and sculptures by Japanese artist Makoto Gomyo at their heart, use found objects as a method to the artist’s interest in combining literary, metaphorical, symbolic and material content into a sculptural experience.
Gomyo’s sometimes room-sized installations combine and transform everyday objects; have included various shelters, mirrors, playground equipment and plastic-cast animals, and enact imagined events where imagination, memory and narrative intersect.
Gomyo creates unique scenarios that include elements of history, memory and magical realism done by interweaving objects and narratives that are altogether, cut from their original contexts and remade into stream-of-conscious-like environments.
A small selection of Gomyo’s recent sculptures that will be exhibited measure no taller than fourteen centimeters and employ stacks of broken and painted mirrors.
These ruin-like structures suggest humanity’s mixed interactions and relationships to its own historical artifacts and subsequently, man’s relationship to objects at large which are invoked delicately and with regard to diminished scale, as their narratives literally are an accumulation of fragmented parts, wherein their mirror’s painted surfaces obscure the possibility of reflection.
Makoto Gomyo is Associate Professor of Department of Arts and Sciences at Osaka Kyoiku University.