Sunday, March 22, 2009

Mark Moore Gallery
2525 Michigan Avenue A-1, Santa Monica, CA 90404
ph: 310 453 3031

Kenichi Yokono
April 4th - May 16th, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 4th, 5-7pm

Mark Moore Gallery is pleased to present highly anticipated new work from Japanese artist Kenichi Yokono. Yokono presents his highly detailed, meticulously carved woodblocks, finished in stark white and contrasting blood red, as an end product rather than producing multiple prints. In doing so his sophisticated work encompasses and speaks of the traditional past of his native land as well as its contemporary pop culture, while addressing internationally relevant questions of globalization and consumerism. The stark, minimal colors belie these complex themes and the often unsettling nature of his subject matter. Fueled by horror movies and Manga, his works frequently edge towards the sinister, depicting unidentifiable scenes that invite the viewer to imagine the worst, letting their minds wander to the darkest possibilities of sex, the paranormal and death. Ultimately the woodblocks strike a powerful balance between their superficial visual appeal and the intangible draw of morbid curiosity; each work a remarkable mix of cultural reflection, psychoanalysis and social commentary.

Raw, vibrant and irreverent, the works have one foot in the pop-dominated present and the other in the tradition-bound past.

Leah Ollman
Kenichi Yokono graduated from Kanazawa College of Art in Kanazawa, Japan. Since exhibiting his work as a self-represented artist at the Pulse Contemporary Art Fair in New York in 2006, Yokono has exhibited across the United States. His work has been included in numerous art fairs and in 2007 he had his inaugural solo show at the Mark Moore Gallery. In 2009 he will have major exhibitions in Los Angeles, Vienna and Amsterdam. His work has been reviewed in publications such as the Los Angeles Times. Yokono lives and works in Kanazawa, Japan. This will be his second solo show at the Mark Moore Gallery.

Kim Dorland
April 4 – May 16, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 4th, 5-7pm

Mark Moore Gallery is pleased to present new paintings by Canadian artist Kim Dorland in the Project Room. Kim Dorland’s paintings depict the real space of his hometown suburbia; free of romantic delusions, but perfectly accepting of quiet, unexpected beauty. His refusal to remain faithful to one medium or approach plays into the symbiotic nature of his work, the deadness of acrylic, the sheen of spray paint, the density of oil paint all convene to engage the viewer. The loose yet identifiable scenes are interjected with areas of heavy abstract impasto, adding to the raw, fleeting quality of his canvases. Dorland is by no means trying to entice his audience with a nostalgic vision of utopia, but rather he cultivates reflection, upon a quiet moment, a party ended, the fleeting beauty within the often ugly and mundane.
In Dorland’s images of suburban realism, one may discover a sense of disappointment or a yearning for simpler times. His paint-handling suggests these simpler times are still out there, and he allows them an exuberance rarely seen on canvas. Though it may seem simplistic, we are all in need of a reminder that beauty does still exist over the fence.

Melissa Berry

Kim Dorland received his BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada. He went on to complete his MFA at York University in Toronto, Canada. He has exhibited his work widely in group exhibitions throughout the United States and Canada and has had solo shows from Italy to California. He is the recipient of numerous grants and has his work included in the Sander Collection in Berlin, Germany. Dorland lives and works in Toronto, Canada. This will be his inaugural exhibition at the Mark Moore Gallery.

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