LMAKgallery is pleased to announce the second presentation of LMAKbooks+design:
Light: Fixtures and Sculptures featuring objects by Bill Albertini, Doug Johnston, Hitoshi Kuriyama, John Procario and Takashi Kunitani, which opens on Tuesday, March 1 from 6-8 pm and will be on view until April 24, 2016.
Bill Albertini takes a sculptor's fascination with the transformation of different organic forms and a debt to mid-20th century Conceptualist experiments with serialization, and marries these to an industrial designer's passion for technique. This confluence of influences brings you a series of 3-D printed lamps in different shapes and sizes.
Doug Johnston created a series of light objects and sculptures in a variety of forms and sizes, made from cotton and white nylon cord that is coiled and stitched with an industrial sewing machine. The process is a tool to explore the nature of specific objects that have held special fascination for the artist. Many of the objects referenced have conveyed a sense of agency or empowerment, and the artist has learned about how humans have shaped the world around them into objects, buildings, landscapes, spaces and networks.
Hitoshi Kuriyama explores in his work the idea of "existence" and "non-existence" with his self-produced hypothesis of "0=1." It comes from the idea that complete nothingness can't be proven. By juxtaposing seemingly conflicting ideas of "existence" and "non-existence" he prompts the viewer to rediscover awareness of the world from new perspectives. In "∴ 0=1 -Polaris (BC100000-AD100000)" from 2015, which is created from neon light, it seems that the star has its fixed position, but looking in the enormous amount of time, it is slightly moving. In this case, the concept of "static" and "dynamic" can present same the matter.
John Procario's lighting started with the idea that wood is a metaphor for the body. Wood will bend comfortably to a point, then break; just like bone or muscle, wood has its limit. Procario tries to push that limit to create a sense of strain in the wood's gesture. Conceptually, he tries to allow beauty to be the product of strain. Precariousness, harmony, balance, stress, and fluidity are some of the words he uses to describe his aesthetic. His unique sculptural luminaires are made of bent wood. He does not use forms to bend and control the shape. Instead, he likes to allow this idea of letting the wood do as it pleases to create a collaboration between the craftsman and the wood's personality.
Takashi Kunitani is intrigued by the world that surround us and how people react to it. He is interested in people's diverse points of view and how these relate to the presence, the body, space, time and objects. Kunitani places a neon sign "Upskirt" downward on a glass plate. In this situation the meaning and interpretation of the words have changed and it becomes an object in itself.