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Art June, 11 2010

Preview | Yoskay Yamamoto ‘Familiar Strangers’ at LeBasse Projects

Yoskay Yamamoto Familiar Strangers opens June 12, 2010, at LeBasse Projects.

From the gallery –

LeBasse Projects is proud to announce, Familiar Strangers, a solo exhibition from Japanese artist Yoskay Yamamoto. This will be the artist’s third solo exhibition with the gallery, and will mark his most diverse body of work to date. The show represents a breakthrough in work from Yamamoto containing both painting and sculptural work. The show will reflect a continuation of intimate statements of self-expression that began in his last series of exhibitions.

Yamamoto’s previous exhibition focused on the artists’ external struggles and experiences while ‘Familiar Strangers’ is inspired by a detachment from one’s inner self and the rediscovery of ones true nature. Using some of his iconic characters, Yamamoto adds new depth including a thematic use of flowers in the work. Flowers have been chosen because according to Yamamoto. ‘They (flowers) carry the essence of growth, but also have such a fragile state.’ The cycle of growth, blossoming and decay echo the circular nature of his previous exhibitions.

The new exhibit will feature a range of mediums including paintings, hand carved wood sculptures, and both solid metal and cast resin pieces. About Yoskay Yamamoto

Born and raised in Toba, Japan, Yoskay Yamamoto moved to the United States at the age of 15. A self-trained illustrator, Yamamoto’s artistic tastes expanded as he fell in love with the pop culture of California. Yamamoto discovered a way to fuse the two different cultural backgrounds together into his work. Yamamoto nostalgically blends pop iconic characters from his adopted western home with traditional and mythical Japanese elements, balancing his Asian heritage with urban pop art. He has shown internationally with recent work in New York, London, San Francisco, Boston and Los Angeles.

The exhibition runs through July 10, 2010.

LeBasse Projects, 6023 Washington BLVD, Culver City, CA.

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