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Koji Takei: Hand in Hand and Rex Yuasa: Diochroma at William Turner Gallery

April 11, 2013 by Megan Koester in Upcoming Events with 0 Comments

William Turner Gallery is honored to present Hand in Hand, an exhibition of new sculpture by Koji Takei. Hand in Hand will run concurrently with Diochroma, an exhibition of new paintings by Rex Yuasa. An opening reception for both exhibitions, which run through May 18th, will take place from 6:30 to 8:30PM on Saturday, April 13th.

Koji Takei, Closer & Closer, 2009

Koji Takei, Closer & Closer, 2009

In Hand in Hand, Takei reworks mostly found objects to provide an engagingly wry and witty commentary on the nature of relationships – complete with their humor, contradictions, paradoxes and ironies. Often re-forming the objects with a tongue-in-cheek subversion of their function, the sculptures become playful metaphors for the artist’s views on the nature of the objects and the relationships they may symbolize.

Koji Takei, Ready Again, 2012

Koji Takei, Ready Again, 2012

The elegance and attention to craft that characterize the sculptures draw clearly from the artist’s Japanese heritage and cultural sensibilities, but the humor and re-purposing of found objects are a pure strain of southern California’s assemblage tradition.

Rex Yuasa, F.P.L.M.5, 2011

Rex Yuasa, F.P.L.M.5, 2011

In Diochroma, Yuasa integrates a charged palette and differing surface finishes to create complex compositional structures. The artist’s work is infused with an east-west sensibility that perfectly suits his abstract compositions. Utilizing Raku-like glazes to create veils of color, Yuasa references his Japanese heritage and cultural influences. Yet the paintings also speak in the unique vernacular of southern California painting – one thinks of “Finish Fetish” – with their lustrous surfaces and sensual textures.

Rex Yuasa, F.P.L.M.L.2, 2011

Rex Yuasa, F.P.L.M.L.2, 2011

The artist relinquishes narrative content to explore delicate interplays between color, texture and dimension. Repetitive spheres and pearlescent paints are employed to produce rich variations of sheen and transparency, volume and space. Perception of an elusive, subtle beauty is the viewer’s reward.

William Turner Gallery
Bergamot Station E1, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404
http://www.williamturnergallery.com/

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