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Blum & Poe : Henry Taylor | Susumu Koshimizu - 23 Feb 2013 to 30 Mar 2013

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23 Feb 2013 to 30 Mar 2013
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Blum & Poe
2727 S. La Cienega Blvd
CA 90034
Los Angeles, CA
North America
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Henry Taylor
February 23 - March 30, 2013

Artists in this exhibition: Henry Taylor, Susumu Koshimizu

Henry Taylor

February 23 - March 30, 2013
Opening reception: Saturday, February 23, 6-8 pm

Blum & Poe is very pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Henry Taylor. This exhibition marks Taylor's second solo exhibition with the gallery and continues his exploration of portrait painting, while delving deeper into the history of oppression, exposing realities of the so-called American dream. His portrait subjects typically consist of friends or historic figures, which are painted with an unmediated sense of spontaneity and happy accidents throughout.

In addition to his customary portraits, Taylor introduces anonymous farm workers captured from WPA-era photographs. A more deliberate hand is at work on these portraits, elevating what could be simple documentation to that of a religious or imperial icon. On the gallery floor will be rows of dirt intended to mimic freshly plowed fields and a stately dinner table with a chandelier hanging overhead. The juxtaposition of manual labor versus genteel living creates a charged atmosphere, recalling the history of black American labor, as well as the realities of all forms of blue-collar work.

In this exhibition Taylor returns to a mainstay of his practice, using readily available materials to create social commentary. He routinely scours the neighborhood surrounding his Chinatown studio for discarded items, repurposing them into installations imbued with memories of oppression and the abuses of authority. The overall impact effectively demonstrates the subjective nature of equality within the United States.

Henry Taylor (born in Oxnard, California, 1958) received his bachelor of arts from California Institute of the Arts and has had solo exhibitions at MOMA PS1, Santa Monica Museum of Art, and Studio Museum in Harlem. He has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Blues for Smoke, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Made in LA, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles; Human Nature: Contemporary Art from the Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; and 30 Americans, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL and North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC.

Susumu Koshimizu

February 23 — March 30, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 23, 6-8pm

Blum & Poe is very pleased to present a solo exhibition of Susumu Koshimizu, one of the principal figures of Mono-ha (School of Things), a group of Tokyo-based artists who were central to the Japanese avant-garde during the late 1960s and early 1970s. This is Koshimizu’s first solo exhibition with the gallery and his first solo presentation outside of Japan. It follows the critical acclaimed survey Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha, curated by Mika Yoshitake, assistant curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, held at Blum & Poe in February 2012.

Working both indoors and outdoors, the Mono-ha artists explored the encounter between natural and industrial materials, such as charcoal, dirt, stones, steel plates, glass, paper, wood, plastic, rubber, rope, leather, oil, and water. Their usually transient arrangements focused not only on their respective material qualities, but also on the interdependent relationships generated by specific placements within a space. From early on, Koshimizu’s investigation of material and space resulted in some of Mono-ha’s most definitive artworks.

At the beginning of the 1970s, Koshimizu started to explore specifically the structure of surfaces. This exhibition will focus on a single installation, From Surface to Surface (Wooden Logs Placed in a Radial Pattern on the Ground), (1972/2004). The work is composed of thirty, thirteen-foot-long square beams of wood, the surfaces of which have been sliced at varying intervals and angles to create undulating expanses of geometric form. First shown at the 3rd Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition in Kobe's Suma Rikyű Park in 1972, this installation won Koshimizu the Ube City Open-Air Museum Award. Following showings at Yokohama Portside Gallery in 2004 and Kyoto City University of the Arts in 2010, the display at Blum & Poe marks its North American debut.

Susumu Koshimizu was born in Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture, in 1944, and currently lives and works in Kyoto and Osaka. He studied in the sculpture department at Tama Art University, Tokyo, from 1966 to 1971. Since then, he has had numerous solo exhibitions in Japan, including at the Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu; Ehime Prefectural Museum of Art; Kuma Museum of Art; and Kyoto City University of the Arts. His work has also been included in landmark surveys, such as Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2012; Reconsidering Mono-ha, National Museum of Art, Osaka, 2005; Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis, Tate Modern, London, 2001; Japanese Art after 1945: Scream Against the Sky, Yokohama Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum Soho, New York, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1994; São Paulo Biennale, 1983; and Tokyo Biennale ’70: Between Man and Matter, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, 1970.

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