Japanese artist Tomokazu Matsuyama recently opened an exhibition at Frey Norris Gallery in San Francisco. The show consists of new paintings and two very impressive sculptures.
“With In Case You’re Lost, Tomokazu Matsuyama not only works towards reconciling the cultural tensions of his own Japanese-American identity, but addresses larger issues of nationalism and global relations. Here is a complex mix of autobiographical and socio-political commentary.
Surrounded by new paintings are the show’s centerpieces – two large-scale sculptures that contemplate notions of cultural heritage and nationalism, flip-flopping symbols of American and Asian identity. Wherever I Am, a life-size reworking of Frederick Remington’s Bronco Buster, recasts the famed late 19th century American sculpture with a Japanese-pop sensibility, replacing the iconic cowboy rider with a Playmobil character. Chogen, based off the original 13th century Japanese treasure, substitutes the praying monk’s prayer beads for beer cans and cigarette butts, and his original meditative state, for a glazed-over drunken one.”
Tomokazu Matsuyama – In Case You’re Lost
Frey Norris Gallery
456 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Many more images from the “In Case You’re Lost” exhibition by Tomokazu Matsuyama follow after the jump.