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Blum & Poe : Julian Hoeber || Kōji Enokura - 6 June 2013 to 13 July 2013

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6 June 2013 to 13 July 2013
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Julian Hoeber
June 6 - July 13, 2013

Artists in this exhibition: Julian Hoeber, Kōji Enokura

Julian Hoeber

June 6 - July 13, 2013
Opening reception: Thursday, June 6, 6-8 pm

Blum & Poe is pleased to announce our fifth solo exhibition of Los Angeles-based artist Julian Hoeber, who continues his investigation of intuitive processes within geometrical compositional systems. The exhibition includes paintings, sculpture and installation and will examine the construction of a body in space and how consciousness is affected under varying physical circumstances.

Hoeber partitions the first gallery into two nearly identical halves. The first will contain paintings from Hoeber's series Execution Changes with their strict mathematical configurations and lush color schemes and textures. The other side will present their misshapen, distorted twins. The pairs of paintings are created simultaneously, beginning with identical underlying structures. However, Hoeber pushes his intuition and process so that the scheme begins to break down in the warped double. The divided gallery alludes to numerous dualities in how we conceive of the mind: conscious/unconscious, rational/irrational, and left hemisphere/right hemisphere.

The next gallery will debut an installation, which utilizes modernist forms to create a space that activates the uncanny. Viewers will enter a corridor with intense colored lights. As one progresses through the hallway, the walls become lined with mirrors. The interior chamber, which is completely mirrored, reflects and fractures the viewer's sense of self to the point of disorientation. This small room will include a white noise machine, a hallmark of a therapist's office, as well as a few plants and two chairs for people to engage in discourse. However, these allusions to comfort do not compensate for the overall uneasiness one feels in what Hoeber has dubbed a "self-consciousness machine."

The exhibition will also include a sculpture made from a large, elegant table, which serves as a base for approximately fifteen self-portrait busts in differing deformed conditions. The heads sit on progressively higher pedestals in a stepped pattern. Although finely crafted, the grotesque heads serve as metaphors for other psychological references within the exhibition. The repetition of the initial self-portrait, prior to its mutilation, resonates back to repeated elements within the Execution Changes series and the reflected images of the "self-consciousness machine," tying the works together in a heady psychological conundrum.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Blum & Poe is proud to publish Hoeber's first monographic catalogue, the most comprehensive examination of the artist's work to date. The book will include essays by the distinguished writers Douglas Fogle and Jonathan Lethem, approximately 70 images of current and past work, a checklist of the exhibition, and a complete bibliography. Copies will be available in October.

Julian Hoeber (b. 1974) holds a B.A. in Art History from Tufts University, a B.F.A from the School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and an M.F.A. from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL; Western Bridge, Seattle, WA; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA; and Deste Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens.

Kji Enokura

June 6 - July 13, 2013
Opening reception: Thursday, June 6, 6-8 pm

Blum & Poe is very pleased to present a solo exhibition of Kji Enokura (1942-1995), one of the key figures of Mono-ha, a group of Tokyo-based artists who radically redefined Japanese art during the late 1960s and early 1970s. This is Enokura's first solo exhibition with the gallery and his first solo presentation in North America.

The Mono-ha artists explored the encounter between natural and industrial materials. Often laid directly on the floor or ground, these ephemeral arrangements emphasized not only their respective material qualities but also the interdependent relationships generated by specific placements within a space. At times discreet and at times physically commanding, Enokura's work is emblematic of this approach. From the beginning of the 1970s, he stained paper, cloth, felt, and leather with oil and grease. He also discolored the floors and walls of galleries and outdoor spaces. Through interventions such as these, he sought to affirm his own place in the world. In his writings he stated, "It is the tension between the body and the material that interests me, and that's what I want to explore. It attests to the consciousness I have of my own existence."

This exhibition features photographic documentation of his early installations, as well as cotton-fabric works from the 1980s and 1990s in which Enokura continued to explore the act of staining. The artist variously contrasts smooth fields of black paint with unpainted fabric, drenches the entire surface, or uses oil-soaked beams of lumber to mark the fabric -- either affixing the beams to the work or leaning them against it. Also included in the exhibition are some of the artist's signature fabrics hung diagonally on the wall and folding out onto the floor, as well as Intervention No.13 (1988), a particularly rare canvas that bears a paint-splattered glass bottle filled with oil and sand.

Previously, Enokura was featured in the award-winning 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, Los Angeles and Gladstone Gallery, New York in 2012. He will be included in Prima Materia, a large-scale group show scheduled to open May 30, 2013 at the Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy.

Enokura received an MFA in painting at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1968, and taught there from 1975 until his death in 1995. During his lifetime, he had numerous solo exhibitions at Japanese galleries and museums, including the Saito Memorial Kawaguchi Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Museum of Art, Osaka, in 1994. In 2005, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, held a major retrospective. Enokura's work has also been included in landmark surveys, such as Re: Quest-Japanese Contemporary Art since the 1970s, Museum of Art, Seoul National University, Korea, 2013; Reconsidering Mono-ha, National Museum of Art, Osaka, 2005; Avanguardie Giapponese degli Anni 70, Galleria Comunale d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, 1992, and Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, 1993; Venice Biennale, 1978; Biennale of Sydney, 1976; Paris Biennale, 1971; and Tokyo Biennale '70: Between Man and Matter, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, 1970.

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