Gallery Mujo presents “Sprang Out” by Machiko Naganuma exhibition from Oct. 1 – 30 at 548 South Spring Street, #113, Los Angeles, CA 90014. The entrance is located on 6th Street. Gallery hours are from 1 pm through 6 pm. Monday closed.
The reception with the artist will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 5:30 – 8:00 pm.
She graduated from BFA at the Art Institute of Southern California (2001) and MFA at the Laguna College of Art and Design (2008).
She said, “I can’t be a total Japanese or an American, because I have a mix-cultural identity and am afflicted with an imbalanced character.”
Her art is placed on her cultural setting: that is, pleasure, love, anxiety, dissatisfaction and compassion of life. She depicts women, capturing their subtle moods and differences of character.
Her work synthesizes Japanese heritage and compromised American culture, so that she can unify Japanese culture, history, art, and spirit within an American context.
She uses a wide range of gestures to focus on an idiosyncratic Japanese custom, but unfamiliar to Western culture.
Her work connects with Ukiyoe artists who drew beautiful women and actors on the wood-block prints. One of her deepest desire is to live in a harmonious world.
Ms. Naganuma makes realistic paintings that combine observing reality with perceived beauty.