Solo Installation Project by Devon Tsuno
September 18 to November 7, 2014
Introducing “Multitude Room,” An Exploratory Artist Installation Project
Thursday, September 18, 2014
5:00pm – 8:30pm
Accompanying Group Exhibition:
Art Merge Lab proudly presents Reclaimed Water by Devon Tsuno, which inaugurates our “Multitude Room,” a project devoted to exploratory artist installations and projects. Often strikingly colorful, bold and graphic, Reclaimed Water comprises risograph prints, paintings, and wallpaper installation by the notable artist, Devon Tsuno. This new series of work finds the artist, a Los Angeles native, observing and documenting the always-precarious issue of water in the city. Focused on the few bodies of water this arid region has to offer, such as the Los Angeles River, now fed by reclaimed sewage water, Tsuno explores the “man-made nature” of this desert city, and the way our natural waterways, reservoirs and water recreation areas have been used, re-imagined, and contested over time. With a public reception on September 17, the exhibition will run through November 7, 2014.
Reclaimed Water centers around an installation of the artist’s colorful wallpaper work, depicting abstracted patterns based on water streams and currents. Over the artist wallpaper will be hung black and white works by Tsuno in acrylic and spray paint that further delve into water conservation, reclamation and recreation. Additionally, black and white paintings on paper will compliment the wallpaper and painting installation.
Known as a colorist, the black and white works add another dimension Tsuno’s restless and evolving practice. As Tsuno describes it, his practice, “recalls a city organism composed of intense color and beautifully controlled concrete, with space and light, well integrated, but often interdicted by violently unexpected layers of vegetation and water. These modes of observation, process, recollection, and criticism, dictate how I choose to work. It is living in the world of Los Angeles that interests me.”
Tsuno’s US exhibitions include the Hammer Museum Venice Beach Biennial, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Torrance Art Museum, Sam Lee Gallery, PØST, Carl Berg Gallery, Monte Vista Projects, Ruth Bachofner Gallery and Summercamp’s ProjectProject. Recent collaborations include projects with Sony, Theodore Payne Foundation and Finishing School. An artist with an international profile, Tsuno has been featured in exhibitions in the Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, and New Zealand. Tsuno was the artist in residence at Chloë Flores FB, and Stichting Kaus Australis in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He was awarded a 2014 CCF Emerging Artist Fellowship for Visual Art.
Coinciding with Reclaimed Water will be a group exhibition in the gallery’s mainspace of a selection of featured works by recent Art Merge Lab artists, Eric Blum and Miki Saito, as well as the gallery’s debut of Xi Hou. Hou is a Chinese-born, Los Angeles-based painter whose stunning, visually dense, brightly contrasted compositions are only beginning to make waves in Los Angeles. Concerned with change, transience, and uncertainty, Hou interweave raised lines and irregular, ultra-flat shapes with juxtaposed colors combinations, to create an ever-changing visual push and pull.