Tomoo Gokita “Holy Cow”

Taka Ishii Gallery Tokyo

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[Image: © Tomoo Gokita]

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Tomoo Gokita’s third exhibition at Taka Ishii features 15 new paintings of varied scale and subjects all rendered in black and white gouache. In these new works, Gokita has incorporated subjects and employed methods he previously used primarily in his drawings. The works’ titles, such as “Commemorative Photo,” “Woman Sitting on a Bed,” “Queen with a Fake Beard,” and “Embrace” also add interest to Gokita’s works. The exhibition will be shown in the first floor viewing space in addition to gallery space on the third floor.

Since the start of his career, Gokita has been inspired by old printed matter and photographs from American professional wrestling and Mexican pornography magazines of the 1960s and 1970s. His creative foundation, in both his drawings and paintings, is the collaged reconstruction of found images. The varied formal expressions in Gokita’s paintings, such as the gradations comprising luminous lights and metallic shadows; the combination of detailed renderings and simple lines; partial distortions; and texture, contrast, and tone are as important as their subjects. The paintings’ rich visual language works with their cast and setting to evoke a narrative and draw viewers into their refined pictorial worlds.

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from 3月 18, 2017 to 4月 15, 2017

Opening Reception on 2017-03-18 from 18:00 to 20:00

Artist(s)

Tomoo Gokita

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